Weekly Digest: From India's 2-0 win to Henry joining Monaco

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

In Picture: BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri's (left) name has cropped up in the #MeToo social media campaign; Thierry Henry (right) has been appointed as the manager of Monaco.   -  K. Murali Kumar and Getty Images

CRICKET

Australia great Matthew Hayden said on Monday he had “dodged a bullet” after suffering head and neck injuries, including a spine fracture, while surfing during a holiday in Queensland. (REPORT)

As reported first by Sportstar, Chris Gayle has been dropped from both the ODI and T20 squad touring India. Much like its Test team, the limited overs squads also comprise inexperienced players, perhaps keeping the World Cup in mind. However, the ODI side features Marlon Samuels. (REPORT)

India captain Virat Kohli and speedster Jasprit Bumrah maintained their respective top positions in the latest ICC ODI rankings released Monday. (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council announced on Monday it had charged three Hong Kong players, including one who has already served a 30-month ban, with 19 counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code in matches played between 2014 and 2016. (REPORT)

India’s Asia Cup-winning captain, Rohit Sharma, will be available for selection for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare quarterfinals. (REPORT)

Captain Eoin Morgan is willing to make a "brave call" and leave himself out of England's one-day side, provided it improves its chances of winning the 2019 Cricket World Cup on home soil. (REPORT)

Imran Tahir's record-breaking five-for and a half-century from debutant Rassie van der Dussen helped South Africa to an unconvincing Twenty20 win over Zimbabwe at Buffalo Park. (REPORT)

At the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, Wriddhiman Saha finishes rehab sessions in the day, takes his dinner by 7.30 pm and ensures adequate rest to his athletic body. He is getting closer to cricket with each passing day as he recovers from his injuries. (REPORT)

Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who along with team-mate Saeed Ajmal famously stunned England during a 3-0 defeat in 2012, announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. (REPORT)

The Committee of Administrators has instructed the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association to hold the elections only after the Vinod Rai-headed panel submits the next status report to the Supreme Court. (REPORT)

ICC will discuss ways to tighten up how various Twenty20 and T10 leagues are sanctioned in the future when it meets next week, a top official said on Wednesday. (REPORT)

The first ODI between Sri Lanka and England had to be abandoned after only 15 overs due to torrential rain in Dambulla. (REPORT)

It has been learnt the Indian team management brought up the issue of practice matches ahead of the India-Australia Test series during its meeting with the CoA on Wednesday evening. It seems like some quality tour games are being planned before the first match of the four-Test series gets underway in Adelaide on December 6. (REPORT)

Punam Raut will lead India A women's team, which takes on Australia A for a three-match One-Day series, starting at the Bandra Kurla Complex from Monday. (REPORT)

After bowling out China for a meagre 26 runs in a World Twenty20 qualifier, Nepal surpassed the target in just 11 balls. (REPORT)

Former India captain and spin ace, Anil Kumble has lauded the International Cricket Council (ICC) for tackling the suspected bowling action well. (REPORT)

The BCCI chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, on Thursday announced a 14-member India squad for the first two ODIs against the West Indies. Virat Kohli will lead the side while Rohit Sharma, who captained in the Asia Cup, will be back as his deputy. (REPORT)

Shane Warne believes England should seriously consider replacing Joe Root with Jos Buttler as Test captain to allow Root to focus on becoming the world’s best batsman. (REPORT)

Pakistan’s opener Imam-ul-Haq was on Thursday ruled out of the second Test against Australia after injuring his little finger during the Dubai match. (REPORT)

Usman Khawaja made a magnificent resilient hundred before tim Paine and Nathan Lyon denied Pakistan as Australia produced a monumental rearguard action to draw the first Test in Dubai. (REPORT)

National chief selector MSK Prasad on Thursday said his panel and the Indian team management are on the “same page”. (REPORT)

Shardul Thakur’s much-awaited Test debut turned into a nightmare as the India speedster was forced to leave the field due to a groin strain after bowling only 10 deliveries on the first day of the second Test against West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday. (REPORT)

An overenthusiastic fan breached security at Hyderabad cricket ground on Friday to take a selfie with Virat Kohli, but was stopped before he was able to plant a kiss on the Indian captain's cheek. (REPORT)

International cricket will return to the iconic Brabourne Stadium after a decade when it hosts the fourth One-day International between India and the Windies, a BCCI statement said on Friday. (REPORT)

John Hastings will take an indefinite break from cricket and is unsure whether he will return due to a mystery lung condition. (REPORT)

JP Duminy helped South Africa ease to another Twenty20 international victory over Zimbabwe to clinch the series with a match to spare on Friday. (REPORT)

Former India captain and spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi was honoured with the Dr. M. A. Chidambaram Birth Centenary Award, instituted by MAC Charities in memory of the former BCCI president, at a grand function on Friday. (REPORT)

Lasith Malinga's first five-wicket haul in more than four years proved in vain as England beat Sri Lanka by 31 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method to move 1-0 up in the five-match one-day international series. (REPORT)

A day after BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri's name cropped up in the #MeToo social media campaign that has brought to fore allegations of sexual abuse, the committee that oversees the functioning of the Indian cricket board sought an explanation from him. (REPORT)

Sikkim may rope in guest players for Ranji Trophy. (REPORT)

After losing hosting rights for the fourth One-Day International between India and Windies, the MCA has requested BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to clarify the reasons behind it. The match, scheduled for October 29, was scheduled to be held at the Wankhede Stadium; the BCCI, however, shifted it to the Brabourne Stadium. (REPORT)

India’s star batter Mithali Raj believes that the team has a far more settled line-up this time around than in the previous editions for the T20 World Cup to be held in the West Indies next month. (REPORT)

Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul took India to a 2-0 series win with two days to spare. (REPORT)

Barely days after a fan breached the security cordon in the Hyderabad Test to set up a mid-pitch rendezvous with Indian captain Virat Kohli, a near-repeat was enacted with Rohit Sharma during the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal between Mumbai and Bihar at the Just Cricket Ground. (REPORT)

Shubman Gill and Manish Pandey have been called in to substitute Hanuma Vihari and Mohammed Siraj, who have been released from the Test squad to take part in Vijay Hazare Trophy. (REPORT)

Mumbai hammered Bihar by nine wickets at the Just Cricket Ground near here on Sunday to enter the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. (REPORT)

 

FOOTBALL

India played out an entertaining goalless draw away from home against China in an international friendly. (REPORT)

Thierry Henry, who had been working as an assistant coach for the Belgian national team, was announced as the new AS Monaco coach. (REPORT)

Romelu Lukaku ended a six-game competitive dry spell with both Belgium goals in a late 2-1 home win over a stubborn Switzerland in the Nations League on Friday. (REPORT)

Brazil ran out easy 2-0 winner in an entertaining friendly against Saudi Arabia - Neymar and Gabriel Jesus catching the eye in Riyadh. (REPORT)

Marco van Basten has announced he will step down from his role as FIFA's head of technical development at the end of October in a decision made by mutual consent. (REPORT)

Former Olympic champion and sprinter Usain Bolt scored his first professional goals for Central Coast Mariners. (REPORT)

Teenager Jadon Sancho made his Three Lions bow as England was held to a goalless Nations League draw in Croatia. (REPORT)

France just about managed to avoid a defeat at home to Iceland, as Kylian Mbappe starred from the bench to secure a 2-2 draw. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo's absence was not felt by Portugal as it beat Poland 3-2 in the Nations League. (REPORT)

Wales was without star player Gareth Bale as it slipped to a 4-1 defeat at home to Spain in Thursday's friendly. (REPORT)

Argentina prepared for Brazil by beating Iraq 4-0 in Saudi Arabia, with Lautaro Martinez and Roberto Pereyra among the goals. (REPORT)

Russian police on Wednesday evening detained disgraced footballers Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin for 48 hours as suspects in a criminal probe following an unprovoked attack on two government officials. (REPORT)

Key centre-back Jan Vertonghen is not expected to resume full training until December after joining Tottenham's list of injured stars. (REPORT)

Ruslan Malinovskiy's second-half volley for Ukraine means Roberto Mancini has still only recorded a win in charge of Italy. (REPORT)

With confusion prevailing over Gourav Mukhi's age, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has stated that it will probe into the matter. (REPORT)

 

HOCKEY

With a 3-2 loss to Great Britain in the final, India settled for silver at the eighth Sultan of Johor Cup U-18 hockey tournament on Saturday. (REPORT)

India recorded its best-ever showing by adding two more gold, a few silver and some bronze medals on the final day for a total of 72 podium finishes as the 2018 Asian Para Games drew to a close on Saturday. With 15 gold, 24 silver and 33 bronze medals, India was placed ninth in the overall tally. (REPORT)

Bhubaneswar, which has of late, become a hub for hockey, is set to come up with High Performance Centres for athletics and hockey besides a state-of-the-art badminton academy, to be run by celebrated coach Pullela Gopichand. (REPORT)

 

ATHLETICS

Nitendra Singh Rawat and Gopi T., Indian participants at the Rio Olympics in 2016, will headline the Indian racing contingent at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. (REPORT)

The 2019 athletics World Relays will be held in the Japanese city of Yokohama after the hosts for the last three editions, the Bahamas, were no longer able to offer financial backing, the IAAF said on Friday. (REPORT)

After an impressive showing at the recent Asian Games in Jakarta, the Athletics Federation of India is likely to appoint exclusive foreign coaches for some of its big stars soon. (REPORT)

 

BADMINTON

Actress Taapsee Pannu became the latest from the tinsel town to invest in a sports team after the Bollywood star ventured into the Premier Badminton League (PBL) by co-owning the Pune franchise — Pune 7 Aces. (REPORT)

 

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic continued his extraordinary winning streak as he clinched a third consecutive tournament triumph with a straight-sets victory against Borna Coric in the Shanghai Masters final. (REPORT)

Old warhorse Leander Paes is still going great guns as the veteran tennis star won his second Challenger level title of the season, lifting the Santo Domingo Open trophy with partner Miguel Angel Reyyes-Varela. (REPORT)

Dayana Yastremska completed a sensational week by claiming her maiden WTA Tour title with a 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of Wang Qiang in Sunday's Hong Kong Open final. (REPORT)

Karolina Pliskova's WTA Finals hopes were hit by an ultimately comprehensive final defeat to Caroline Garcia at the Tianjin Open on Sunday. (REPORT)

 

SHOOTING

The performance of the Indian shooters will be gauged predominantly in the international arena while ratifying their selection for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has formed an Olympic selection policy, with an objective of ‘’fielding the best from the best, purely on merit’’, while persisting with the domestic competitions and a bunch of selection trials towards finalising the national teams for the rest of the international events. (REPORT)

 

BASKETBALL

Seven-time NBA champion, Robert Horry, will visit India to celebrate the NBA season tip-off with fans and engage with the country’s top prospects at The NBA Academy India. (REPORT)

 

BOXING

Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will be temporarily suspended on Monday ahead of a Nevada Athletic Commission hearing and investigation into last weekend's post-fight brawl, according to multiple reports on Friday. (REPORT)

 

OTHER SPORTS

FIBA secretary general Patrick Baumann has died, aged 51. The Swiss had served in the role since 2002, while he was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). (REPORT)

Beckie Scott, chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee, says in a BBC interview that she was “bullied” by some WADA officials over her opposition to reinstating Russia’s anti-doping agency.

Scott, a Canadian former Olympic cross-country skiing champion, resigned last month from the panel that recommended lifting the ban on RUSADA, which had been declared non-compliant in 2015 after revelations of a vast state-backed scheme to avoid drug testers.

She told the BBC in comments published on Friday that she was “treated with disrespect” at a recent meeting. (REPORT)

Samira Asghari, a 24-year-old Afghan woman, was among nine new International Olympic Committee members elected on Tuesday, but there was still no place for either IAAF president Sebastian Coe or FIFA head Gianni Infantino. (REPORT)