Weekly Digest (Feb 10-16): From Man City's ban and IPL fixtures to India's very own Usain Bolt

Here are the major updates from the week gone by, from Manchester City's UCL ban and match dates of IPL 2020 to a yet another new record for Armand Duplantis.

Here are the biggest developments in the world of sport from the week gone by.

CRICKET

The full schedule of the 2020 edition of the IPL is out with defending champion Mumbai Indians hosting Chennai Super Kings on March 29. (REPORT)

India will play a pink ball match at Adelaide! Sourav Ganguly revealed that India will play a day-night Test in every series after the Australian tour and confirmed that Ahmedabad will be a pink ball affair when England visits next year. (REPORT)

England came from behind in every one of the three series, fighting back to win the Test series 3-1, to draw the ODI series 1-1, and to win the T20 series 2-1. (REPORT)

It's time for the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy and here's everything you need to know. (REPORT) (Road to the Quarterfinals)

Who will land the vacant BCCI selectors' job? We find out. (REPORT)

Australia opener David Warner is braced for a hostile reception but hopes fans will show “respect” as he and Steve Smith return to South Africa for the first time since the ‘Sandpapergate’ ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket. (REPORT)

"In India, every Indian should know Hindi. It's our mother tongue; for us, there is no greater language than this," said Ranji commentator Rajinder Amarnath. The Haryana all-rounder and his partner Sushil Doshi sparked controversy for their insensitive comments when calling the Karnataka vs Baroda Ranji Trophy game. (REPORT)


FOOTBALL

Possibly the biggest story of the week came from the UEFA headquarters. It issued Manchester City a two-season ban from the Champions League. (REPORT)

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola   -  Getty Images

Can somebody stop Liverpool? Anyone? No? Liverpool beat Norwich City 1-0 to open up a 25-point lead in the Premier League. (REPORT)

In the I-League, Mohun Bagan holds an eight-point lead at the top with a game in hand of its nearest challenger. During mid-week, Bagan whalloped NEROCA FC 6-2. (REPORT)

Bengaluru FC’s fortunes were better in the continental competition where it ran out 9-1 winner over Paro FC in the AFC Cup preliminary round 2 match. The Blues will next face Maldives’s Maziya RC in the final qualifying round. (REPORT)
Gokulam Kerala FC sealed its maiden Indian Women's League (IWL) title with a 3-2 win over KRYPHSA in the final at the Bangalore Football Stadium. (REPORT)

Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC has parted ways with manager Robert Jarni, with Khalid Jamil announced as the interim head coach (REPORT)

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele is expected to be out of action for another six months, effectively ruling him out of the Euro 2020. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Kim Clijsters’ first professional match in seven and a half years will be against Kiki Bertens at the Dubai Tennis Championships. (READ)

Bianca Andreescu has further delayed her comeback after withdrawing from the Dubai Tennis Championships. (READ)

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja defeated Leander Paes and Matthew Ebden to win the Bengaluru Open doubles title. (READ)

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Ramkumar Ramanathan and Purav Raja collected the winner’s cheque of $9,300 and 125 ATP ranking points.   -  Sreenivasa Murthy



Robert Farah, the world's top-ranked men's doubles player, has been cleared of an anti-doping violation by the International Tennis Federation. (READ)

Gael Monfils defeated Vasek Pospisil to win the Open Sud de France — his first title in a year. (READ)

HOCKEY

Men's hockey team captain Manpreet Singh became the first Indian to win the FIH Player of the Year award for the year 2019. (REPORT)

Indian men's hockey team's midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad and women’s team’s Lalremsiami won  2019 FIH Rising Star of the Year awards. (REPORT)



Tarak Kumar Parkar travelled 1,250km on foot from Khargone in Madhya Pradesh and reached the National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi demanding Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Dhyan Chand. (REPORT)

MORE SPORTS:

SPOTLIGHT: Kambala racer Srinivas Gowda, whose running exploits during a traditional buffalo race in Karnataka evoked a social media frenzy, has been called for a trial for the Sports Authority of India. (REPORT)

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Kambala jockey Srinivas Gowda's sudden rise to fame has left the internet divided on whether he can be compared to the legendary Usain Bolt.   -  AFP

 

KABADDI: A contingent from India reached Lahore on Saturday via the Wagah Border to take part in the championship, being hosted by Pakistan for the first time. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA)  said it has not sanctioned any kabaddi team’s visit to Pakistan (READ)

The Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) wrote a letter to its Pakistani counterpart, asking it not to allow the “unauthorised” Indian team to use the national flag during Sunday’s final of the circle style World Cup. (READ)

MOTORSPORT: The Chinese Grand Prix, which was scheduled for April 17-19 this year, has been postponed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak (READ)

BADMINTON: Lakshya Sen’s stunning win over Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie went in vain as the Indian men’s badminton team went down fighting 2-3 to two-time defending champion Indonesia in the semifinals to settle for a bronze at the Asia Team Championships in Manila, Philippines, on Saturday. (REPORT)

WRESTLING: Struggling Sakshi Malik is desperately seeking another round of trials to remain in contention for a Tokyo Olympics berth as she gears up for the upcoming Asian Wrestling Championships in non-Olympic category. The Rio Olympic bronze medallist was humbled by two-time Cadet World Champion Sonam Malik during the trials in the 62kg category. (Report)
 

ATHLETICS: India’s Bhawana Jat earned a quota for Tokyo Olympics Games in 20km RaceWalk event after setting a new national record at the National Race Walk Championships. She clocked 1:29.54, comfortably beating the qualification mark of 1:31.00 (Report)

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis set a world pole vault record again, with a jump of 6.18 metres at an indoor meeting in Glasgow, adding one centimetre to the record he set in Poland last week. (Report)

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Sweden's Armand Duplantis clears the bar to set a world pole vault record of 6.17 metres at the Orlen Copernicus Cup 2020 World Athletics Indoor meeting on February 08, 2020 in Torun, Poland.

Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei broke the sub-13 minute barrier for a new 5km world record, as the 10,000m world champion set a timing of 12 minutes 51 seconds in Valencia. (Report)

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