Weekly Digest (Jan 28-Feb 3): From India's series win in New Zealand to Qatar's Asian Cup triumph

Presenting a wrap of all that happened in the world of sports in the past week.

IN PICTURE: (Left) India celebrates the ODI series win against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium on February 3 in Wellington. (Right) Qatar players celebrate with the Asian Cup trophy after they defeated Japan 3-1 in the final in Abu Dhabi on February 1.   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced that Ambati Rayudu has been suspended from bowling in international cricket. (REPORT)

Amidst umpiring controversies, Cheteshwar Pujara (131 not out), Sheldon Jackson (100) shone as Saurashtra beat Karnataka by five wickets to set Ranji final date with Vidarbha on Monday. (REPORT)

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was forced to skip the third ODI against New Zealand due to a hamstring strain, only the third such instance in his illustrious limited-overs career. (REPORT)

Host Australia will take on Pakistan and India for the opening fixtures of the ICC men's and women's Twenty20 World Cups in 2020 respectively, organisers said Tuesday as the draw for the tournaments was announced. (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council has urged Sri Lanka’s scandal-ridden sporting community to come forward with information about corruption before an amnesty expires or risk expulsion from the game. (REPORT)

Accepting his “mistake” after being banned for his racial remarks against a South African cricketer, banned Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Tuesday said that he has learnt a lesson from the unsavoury episode. (REPORT)

The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned banned cricketer S. Sreesanth for not immediately bringing it to the notice of BCCI that he was being approached for alleged spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match in 2013. (REPORT)

With some umpiring decisions in the Ranji Trophy semifinal between Saurashtra and Karnataka drawing flak earlier this week, there have been speculations on whether the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take any measures ahead of the final, to be held in Nagpur later this week. But the BCCI’s General Manager, Cricket Operations, Syed Saba Karim told Sportstar that the umpires will be assessed only after the season gets over. (REPORT)

Former Test umpire Dara Dotiwalla passed away at his residence on Wednesday. He was 85. (REPORT)

Quinton de Kock's early onslaught helped South Africa cruise to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in its one-day series decider at Newlands on Wednesday. (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council is cognisant of the challenge in reigning in corruption that could stem from the unregulated Twenty20 leagues around the world, CEO David Richardson has said. (REPORT)

India captain Mithali Raj on Friday became the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs, adding another achievement to her illustrious career. (REPORT)

Having already sealed the series, the Indian women’s cricket team came up with an ordinary effort with the bat to go down by eight wickets against New Zealand in the third and final ODI on Friday. (REPORT)

Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to hospital after being struck by a bouncer during the second Test against Australia on Saturday. (REPORT)

Smriti Mandhana has topped the ICC rankings for Women’s batters after scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series in New Zealand. (REPORT)

According to a revised schedule revealed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Andhra Cricket Association will host the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Australia at the Dr. YSR-ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam on February 24. (REPORT)

The National Cricket Academy (NCA) has called up former India wicketkeeper, Ajay Ratra, to help out India’s Test stumper, Wriddhiman Saha, who has been undergoing rehab for nearly six months now. (REPORT)

A combination of tight bowling and planning allowed Saurashtra to sit on top of Vidarbha, the defending champion, on Day One of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final at the VCA ground. (REPORT)

West Indies embarrassed pitiful England once again to win the Wisden Trophy for the first time in almost a decade. (REPORT)

A commanding knock of 90 by Ambati Rayudu saw India wrap up its one-day international series against New Zealand 4-1 when it won Sunday's final match in Wellington by 35 runs. (REPORT)

 

FOOTBALL

Qatar was crowned AFC Asian Cup champion for the first time after defeating Japan 3-1 at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Friday. (READ)

After crashing out of the Coppa Italia in midweek, Juventus let a two-goal lead slip and were held to a 3-3 draw at home to Parma. (READ)

A gripping contest at Camp Nou saw Barcelona recover from an early two-goal deficit to claim a point against visitor Valencia thanks to Lionel Messi's brace. (READ)

Bayern Munich led through Leon Goretzka, but second-half goals from Leon Bailey, Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario gave Bayer Leverkusen a win. (READ)

Bayern Munich's loss enabled Borussia Dortmund to move seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with a draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. (READ)

Chelsea responded to a humbling loss at Bournemouth by dispatching Huddersfield Town in style, with Gonzalo Higuain scoring twice. (READ)

Anthony Martial has ended speculation around his future after signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Manchester United. (READ)

Edu Bedia and Ferran Corominas were the goal-scorers for FC Goa, handing Mumbai City its third defeat of the season. (READ)

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Real Kashmir FC played out a 1-1 draw with Churchill Brothers of Goa in the I-League. Both clubs remain one point behind leader Chennai City FC. (READ)

Ivorian striker Gnohere Krizo struck in the 81st minute to help Real Kashmir register its second win over table topper Chennai City FC in the I-League. (READ)

Copa del Rey holder Barcelona has been drawn against bitter rival Real Madrid in a semifinal Clasico. (READ)

Harry Maguire cancelled out Sadio Mane's early opener as Leicester City picked up an unlikely point with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. (READ)

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is set to miss both legs of the Champions League tie with Manchester United due to injury. (READ)

Manchester City suffered a shock loss in defence of its Premier League title as Newcastle United came from behind to win 2-1 at St James' Park. (READ)

In a replay of last season's FA Cup final, Chelsea will play Manchester United in the fifth round of the competition in 2018-19. (READ)

 

TENNIS

In an innovative move, LaLiga has agreed a deal to become an official sponsor of the Davis Cup Finals for the next four years. (READ)

Italy defeated India 3-1 in the Davis Cup, with the Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan pair securing the host's only win of the tie. (READ)

Top seeds Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza suffered surprise defeats in the quarterfinal stages at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy and Thailand Open, respectively. (READ)

Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley said Bernard Tomic will not be considered for the Davis Cup team owing to his nasty spat with captain Lleyton Hewitt. (READ)

Andy Murray went under the knife in London for an operation which he hopes will bring an end to the pain in his hip. (READ)

Ajla Tomljanovic twice failed to serve out for the win as Dayana Yastremska was crowned Thailand Open champion. (READ)

Novak Djokovic strengthened his grip at the top of the men's ATP tennis ranking Monday following his destruction of Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. (READ)

Naomi Osaka, winner of the Australian Open, has jumped to the top of women's tennis with her beaten opponent Petra Kvitova rising to second in Monday's WTA rankings. (READ)

Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who played his first Grand Slam main draw at the Australian Open, moved to 102 in the men's singles ranking, while Ankita Raina achieved 168th rank in the women's singles. (READ)

 

MORE SPORTS

Fernando Alonso added another honour to his impressive list with a Rolex 24 triumph in Daytona on Sunday. (REPORT)

Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic became the first NBA player to register multiple triple-doubles as a teenager. (REPORT)

World number one Justin Rose held on for a two-stroke win at the Farmers Insurance Open and his 10th PGA Tour title. (REPORT)

Spain's Olympic badminton gold medallist Carolina Marin is a doubt to defend her title at the BWF world championships in August after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. (READ)

The 36th National Games are set to be postponed yet again after Goa expressed its inability to host the event in March-April owing to the general elections, prompting a furious IOA to threaten a change of venue. (REPORT)

Russian chess grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik, regarded as one of the strongest players in the world, announced on Tuesday he was retiring from professional competition. (REPORT)

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov were each issued fines and suspensions Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission but both could be eligible again for UFC 236 in April. (REPORT)

US lawmakers introduced the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act on Tuesday with rare bi-partisan support to criminalize international doping fraud conspiracies, a week after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided against suspending Russia. (REPORT)

G. Sathiyan reached a career best world ranking of 28, according to the ranking list released by International Table Tennis Federation on Wednesday. This is the best ever ranking achieved by an Indian in singles. (REPORT)

Moldovan World junior champion Anastasia Nichita stunned Olympian Mimi Hristova in a dramatic fashion as four-time finalist Haryana Hammers defeated two-time defending champion Punjab Royals 6-3 in the final to win its maiden Pro Wrestling League (PWL) title at the Gautam Buddha University indoor hall here on Thursday. (REPORT)

Tamil Nadu's S. Shrikrishna clinched his maiden men's billiards title in the National cue sports championships in Indore on Thursday. (REPORT)

Tokyo 2020 organisers on Thursday unveiled plans for a centre to monitor extreme weather, after concerns the city's scorching summer could cause heatstroke or even deaths during the Games. (REPORT)

The government on Friday increased the sports budget by Rs. 214.20 crore for the financial year 2019-2020, including a hike in funds for the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and incentives for sportspersons. (REPORT)

Twelve Russian track and field athletes, including 2012 Olympics high jump champion Ivan Ukhov, have been suspended for doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Friday. (REPORT)

After beginning the qualifying round with a 3.4, Mehuli Ghosh showed tremendous grit to make the finals and collect a gold medal at the Intershoot International Shooting Championship in the Hague, Netherlands. (REPORT)

Sandeep shot 249.7 in the final, on the third and final day of the Intershoot competition, to beat compatriot and Asian Games silver medallist Deepak Kumar by 1.2 points, after both had shot 627.5 in qualification. (REPORT)