Weekly Digest: From Kohli's record-breaking spree to Real Madrid's 5-1 drubbing

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport over the last seven days.

Real midfielder Luka Modric, left, and Real defender Sergio Ramos walk off the pitch after losing 5-1 during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.   -  ap

CRICKET

Virat Kohli scores yet another half-century.   -  AP

 

The Jason Holder-led side tasted victory in Pune after 22 years, beating India by 43 runs to level the series 1-1.(REPORT)

Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan help India C clinch Deodhar Trophy. (REPORT)

Virat Kohli completed the fastest 10,000 ODI runs eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar by an astounding 54 innings. (REPORT)

Windies international Dwayne Bravo has announced retirement from international cricket. The all-rounder will only appear in T20 leagues across the world. (REPORT)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be part of India’s T20 squads against Windies and Australia. The national selection committee, in a marathon meeting here on Friday, decided to leave out Dhoni for the next six T20s. (REPORT)

India Women's team captain Harmanpreet Kaur, on Saturday, stressed the importance of adaptability on Caribbean pitches, ahead of the ICC World T20 Women’s World Cup next month. (REPORT)

Two reviews into the state of Australian cricket sparked by the ball-tampering scandal are “confronting”, Cricket Australia board member Mark Taylor warned Sunday ahead of their release. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Barcelona (FCBarcelona) took full advantage of Real Madrid's (realmadriden) dreadful first-half display at Camp Nou, setting the stage for a Clasico triumph on Sunday. (REPORT)

Anthony Martial starred as Manchester United overcame a late scare to edge Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford and give Jose Mourinho a much-needed second win in eight matches. (REPORT)

Chelsea maintained its unbeaten start to the Premier League season as Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley and Willian scored in a 4-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday. (REPORT)

Luka Milivojevic twice held his nerve from the penalty spot as Granit Xhaka went from hero to zero in Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace. (REPORT)

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City whose helicopter crashedon Saturday outside the Premier League club's stadium, is the author of one of football's greatest fairytales. (REPORT)

Paulo Dybala scored the only goal as Cristiano Ronaldo enjoyed a winning return to Old Trafford with Juventus, beating Manchester United 1-0 in Group H of the Champions League. (REPORT)

Karim Benzema and Marcelo scored as under-pressure Real Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui saw his team beat Viktoria Plzen 2-1 for its first win in six. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund is looming as a Champions League threat after taking command of Group A with an incredible 4-0 home win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Mohamed Salah spoke of his pride after scoring his 50th Liverpool goal as he questioned who could have doubted him during a tough run earlier in the season. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

Anju Bobby George, the country’s lone senior World Championships medallist, has played a big part with her suggestions to the AFI on how to tackle non-campers who come up with head-spinning performances in crucial meets.   -  K.R. Deepak

 

AFI has now decided to keep a close watch on athletes who are training outside national camps to see what they are up to. (REPORT)

More than 500 gymnasts descend on Qatar this week for the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, but most eyes will be on the sport's biggest star, the USA's Simone Biles. (READ)

BADMINTON

Saina Nehwal lost in the Denmark Open final.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Saina Nehwal gave her all before losing steam as the ace Indian shuttler yet again succumbed to nemesis and world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying to settle for a runner-up finish at the Denmark Open here on Sunday. (REPORT)

P. V. Sindhu bowed out of the French Open with a 13-21, 16-21 loss to world No. 7 He Bingjiao. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Federer has not been beaten at his home tournament since losing the 2013 final to Juan Martin del Potro.   -  reuters

 

Roger Federer chalked up his 99th title on the ATP World Tour by making it a remarkable nine wins at the Swiss Indoors Basel on Sunday. (READ)

An unwavering Elina Svitolina claimed the biggest title of her career with a gritty comeback victory against Sloane Stephens at the season-ending WTA Finals. (READ)

Indian tennis player Karman Kaur Thandi put up a spirited fight before going down against Xinyun Han in the title clash of the USD 25000 ITF event in Nanning, China on Sunday.   (REPORT)

GOLF

Khalin Joshi celebrates his win on Sunday.   -  AFP

 

India’s Khalin Joshi clinched his maiden Asian Tour title, claiming the Panasonic Open India at the Delhi Golf Club. (REPORT)