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While we welcome the New Year 2018, we can't forget the events, that happened during the yester year 2017.
I have compiled few events of 2017 on three joners:
World-2017: India-2017 :Sports-2017. This compilation is of my choice and the order of the stories or neither chronological nor of any order of preferences.

Year in Review: Sports -2017:

Bangalore, Dec 31,2017

Serena Williams, the un beaten champion of Tennis in the open era:

Saturday, Jan 28, 2017 105th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4, becomes player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era. Serena Williams won the title, her 7th Australian title overall and first Australian Open where she did not lose a set during the tournament. She also regained the No. 1 ranking, defeating her sister Venus Williams in the final, 6-4, 6-4. This marks the first time the Williams sisters met in a Grand Slam final since the 2009 Wimbledon Championships and the first time they met in the Australian Open final since 2003. Serena's victory was her 23rd Grand Slam title in singles, surpassing Steffi Graf as the all-time leader in Grand Slam titles in the Open era.
Did you know that: 1.Has won 72 career singles titles, 23 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. This includes 39 Grand Slam titles - 23 singles titles, 14 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles.Four-time Olympic gold medalist.
2. She is fifteen months younger than sister and tennis pro Venus Williams.
3.February 18, 2013 - At age 31, becomes the oldest female tennis player to be ranked number 1 since computer rankings began in 1975. This is the sixth time in her career to be ranked number one.
4.September 12, 2016 - After 186 consecutive weeks ranked Women's Tennis Association (WTA) No. 1 in the world, falls to No. 2 behind Angelique Kerber. Williams ties Steffi Graf's record for longest consecutive weeks ranked No. 1.
5.September 12, 2016 - After 186 consecutive weeks ranked Women's Tennis Association (WTA) No. 1 in the world, falls to No. 2 behind Angelique Kerber. Williams ties Steffi Graf's record for longest consecutive weeks ranked No. 1.
5. January 28, 2017 - Beats sister Venus in the Australian Open final, collecting a 23rd grand slam title to surpass Steffi Graf for the Open Era lead. ( She was prgnant ,which was known to the world later,when she won the Championship)
Serena Williams will return to tennis in Abu Dhabi next week, almost four months after giving birth. The American, 36, will play world number seven Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match on 30 December during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.


Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d'Or to equal Lionel Messis record

Dec 07,2017:Cristiano Ronaldo won a record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or award for the year's best player on Thursday. The Real Madrid forward's second successive win drew him level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi on five Ballon d'Or, after the Argentinian took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar third.
The 32-year-old was the top-scorer in last season's Champions League as Real successfully defended the trophy with victory over Juventus in June, and also led the Spanish giants to their first La Liga title in five years.Ronaldo will lead Portugal at next year's World Cup in Russia as he looks to add football's greatest title to the 2016 European Championship win, when the Portuguese beat hosts France in the final. Messi and Ronaldo have now shared the last 10 Ballons d'Or since the latter's first win after leading Manchester United to the 2007-08 Champions League title.

cricket's Ashes: England Vs Australia

Dec 18 2017, England's cricket team are in Australia where they are hoping to win their first Ashes trophy Down Under since 2011. The Ashes has become one of the most hotly contested events in the sporting calendar and both teams will be desperate to claim the bragging rights.
Australia regains cricket's Ashes against England, winning by an innings to take 3 game lead at the Wacca in Perth. Why is the Ashes called the Ashes?
The competition as we know it dates back to 1882, when Australia beat England at home for the first time. In a game that stunned the English cricket community, the Aussies fought from behind to snatch victory by just eight runs. When England traveled to Australia for the next series, a pair of bails were burned and placed in the now-iconic Ashes Urn. The two teams now compete every two years to win back the Ashes.
Australia has won 3 matches in row, leading 3-0 against England, will bethe winner of 2017"Ashes".Two more matches are to be played till first week of 2018.
30/12/2017:UPDATE: Steve Smith notched yet another Test century -- his 23rd -- to steer Australia to a draw against England in the fourth Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday(30/12/2017) :The records made by Smith by this Test: 1. Smith's brilliant 102 not out helped him join the legendary Don Bradman as the only batsmen to score centuries in four consecutive Melbourne Tests. 2.He also joined Ricky Ponting as the only batsmen in Test history to have made six centuries in a calendar year on multiple occasions. 3. Smith had leapfrogged Sachin Tendulkar to become third fastest to score 22 Test hundreds and he managed to do it once again by becoming the third quickest batsman to reach 23 Test tons.He achieved the landmark in 110 innings, after Don Bradman (59) and Sunil Gavaskar (109). Mohammad Yusuf took 122 innings to reach the milestone while Tendulkar got there in 123 innings.

Neymar becomes most expensive footballer of all time

August 03,2017: Neymar becomes most expensive footballer of all time in GBP198m move to PSG (paid for with one cheque).
Brazil superstar Neymar completed his acrimonious world-record GBP198 million transfer from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain on Thursday night with a promise to deliver success the ambitious Qatari-owned club desires.The deal was completed around 9pm on Thursday night after another extraordinary day which at one point threatened to turn into a major dispute between the Spanish and French leagues..It has been confirmed today that the 25-year-old player has been bought for a staggering Euro222million (GBP198,757,000; USD262,821,000), officially activating his release clause from Barcelona and smashing the record for Most expensive football player (soccer player), single transfer.
This is the biggest percentage increase on the most expensive footballer record since 1932 when Bernabe Ferrerya joined River Plate for GBP23,000 surpassing the GBP10,890 paid by Arsenal for David Jack in 1928. Paris Saint-Germain could have bought the equivalent of two Paul Pogba for the same price.Pogba held the previous record at EUR105 million (GBP89.1 million; USD116.4 million), which Manchester United paid Juventus for the French midfielder on 9 August last year.

Usain Bolt insists losing his final race at London 2017 will not tarnish his legacy

August 06,2017: Usain Bolt had not lost in a decade, and with such consistent dominance over the rest of the sprinting field, it was assumed the Jamaican runner would cruise to his 12th world championship and win his last 100-meter race before retiring. But not only did Bolt lose, he finished third to Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman in a shocking upset and sour end to the GOAT's career. It marked the first final Bolt lost of any kind in over four years, spoiling what could have been a perfect ending to a storybook career.Bolt finished with a time of 9.95, behind Gatlin's 9.92 seconds and Coleman's 9.94. His world record from 2009 remains intact at 9.58. The race produced some incredible photos of the finish.
Usain Bolt claims losing his unbeatable tag in his final race does not tarnish his Forever Fastest legacy. The Jamaican added a first bronze medal to his golden collection when he joined champion Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman on the 100 metres podium.He said he had no regrets at not retiring after completing his hat-trick of Olympic titles in Rio last summer. "Ive proved to the world I'm one of the greatest athletes"," This doesn't change anything"said Bolt ..

PV Sindhu Reaches Career-Best World Number 2 Ranking

April 06, 2017: PV Sindhu attained her best ever world ranking by rising to world No 2 on the latest Badminton World Federation rankings list. The 21-year-old Rio Olympic silver medallist jumped three places from fifth at the start of this month. PV Sindhu's jump in the rankings came mainly after winning the India Open Superseries where she defeated Olympic champion Carolina Marin 21-19, 21-16 in the final.
The maiden title win helped the Indian shuttler narrow down her head-to-head record against the Olympian champion Spaniard to 4-5. Sindhu had last defeated Marin in the BWF Super Series in Dubai last year.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu (born 5 July 1995) is an Indian professional badminton player, who is currently world no 3[5] in the BWF World Ranking. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal, other being Saina Nehwal. She was also a silver medalist at the 2017 BWF World Championships and, in 2017, became first Indian ever to win Korea Open Super Series.
Sindhu's No. 2 ranking is second to Saina Nehwal, who reached the World No. 1 ranking in 2015.

Virat Kohli hits record sixth Test double century, second in a row

Dec 03,2017: Virat Kohli became the only captain to score six double hundreds, overtaking West Indian great Brian Lara.Virat Kohli brought up yet another double ton as India continued to dominate Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series. He now becomes the only captain to score six double hundreds. He had eqaulled Brian Lara with his previous double century in Nagpur. Kohli pulled Suranga Lakmal and ran two to bring up his sixth double century in whites during the third Test against the Lankans at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. He overtook Rahul Dravid, who has five double hundreds, and now equals Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar for most double tons for India in Test cricket.Kohli is the fourth batsman to hit successive double hundreds and second Indian to do so.
He also became the quickest to complete 52 international centuries across formats, achieving the feat in his 350th innings to beat South African Hashim Amla's record of 378 innings. Overall, Kohli is placed in fifth place behind Don Bradman (55), Gavaskar (93), Matthew Hayden (95) and Steve Smith (99). He also went past 5000 Test runs and became the fourth-quickest Indian to achieve the feat in his 105th innings. Not only that, he also smashed 3000 Test runs as captain -- the third Indian skipper after MS Dhoni and Gavaskar to achieve the feat.

Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar: A Statistical Comparison After 200 ODIs Proves Who's Better
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Mariyappan Thangavelu

It did look like India would take home both the gold and the silver in the T42 high jump event in Rio2016 Para Olympics.....
Mariyappan Thangavelu became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the T 42 high jump event of the Paralympic games in Rio de Janiero on Saturday. Thangavelu's medal was joined by a bronze medal won in the same event by Varun Singh Bhati that brought India's overall medal tally in Rio to two.
Thangavelu's feat is being lauded all over the country. Politicians, sportsmen and celebrities congragulated the two medallists on social media. Thangavelu and Bhati's achievment comes on day two of the Rio Paralympics in the T42 high jump event. The T42 is a disability classifications for sports events in which athletes have single above the knee amputations or comparable disability.
The video of Thangavelu's gold-medal winning jump shows the athlete taking his starting position in the Olypmic Stadium. All eyes were on him as there was no other event happening in the stadium at the time. Thangavelu then takes his run-up and finally, the stadium cheered as he lifted his hands in the air after completing the 1.89 metre-jump.
Thangavelu's gold medal was followed by USA's Sam Grewe and the bronze medal went to Varun Singh Bhati, both of whom jumped 1.86 metres. India's had a third medal prospect in Sharad Kumar. Kumar was leading the pack at one point after clearing hurdles of 1.55m and 1.60m but he could only register a best of 1.77m, which brought him a sixth place finish.
It did look like India would take home both the gold and the silver in the T42 high jump event when Varun Singh Bhati completed his jump. But Sam Grewe stepped up to equal his jump and temporarily top the table. Thangavelu then upstaged then upstaged the American and secured gold.
Mariyappan Thangavelu's gold medal jump in Men's T42 High Jump final - Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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Venus Williams Vs Sjogren's Syndrome(SjS)

Bangalore, February 01 ,2017

Let us look back SEPT. 1, 2011, at the time of US OPEN:
Venus Williams wore a lacy white short-sleeve top, blue jeans and sandals. Her hair fell in soft curls past her shoulders, her dangly silver-dollar-size earrings shimmered in the light. The tennis superstar already plotting her return despite a chronic autoimmune disease. Sjogren's syndrome, the disease, is difficult to diagnose because those who have it often appear the picture of health even when they do not have the energy to sit for a portrait.
"The fatigue is hard to explain unless you have it," Williams said. "Some mornings I feel really sick, like when you don't get a lot of sleep or you have a flu or cold. I always have some level of tiredness. And the more I tried to push through it, the tougher it got." Williams, 31, has won 10 tournaments in the last four years despite feeling fatigued and having difficulty breathing, symptoms she knows now are associated with Sjogren's.

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