Weekly Digest: From Sidak Singh's 10-for to Subhankar triumph

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

CRICKET

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to trim its annual meetings from four to three from next year. This decision was taken at its quarterly meeting in Singapore recently. (Report)

India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said he was confident of making a comeback to India’s limited-overs team and playing at the World Cup. (Report)

Sidak Singh etched his name in history books as he became the fourth bowler to grab all 10 wickets in an innings in a domestic fixture.
(Report)

Sidak, who is originally from Mumbai, was roped in as an outstation player by Puducherry this season.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

In a surprise development, India player Ambati Rayudu has decided to retire from the longer version of the game, including Ranji Trophy. (Report)

Having whitewashed Windies in a two-Test series, India is firmly perched atop the table for Test teams. It is 10 points ahead of second-placed South Africa. (Report)

Alex Pascall, part of the team behind Great Britain's first black newspaper, The Voice, recollects the West Indies' thrashing of England in its own backyard in 1976 and how the win offered the West Indians living in England a sense of identity and respect amid rampant racism. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea recorded a fourth consecutive win in all competitions with Alvaro Morata's brace downing Crystal Palace. (Report)

Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero combined to devastating effect as Manchester City blew Southampton away 6-1. (Report)

Rashford's late winner lifts Mourinho's men. (Report)

James Milner hit his 50th Premier League goal, but Alexandre Lacazette grabbed a draw for Arsenal against Liverpool eight minutes from time. (Report)

By beating Cagliari 3-1 with Paulo Dybala and Juan Cuadrado on target, Juventus secured its best Serie A points tally after 11 matches.
(Report)

Vinicius Junior forced a late own goal before Sergio Ramos converted from the spot to give Real Madrid a battling win over Real Valladolid. (Report)

Vinicius Junior celebrates Real Madrid's goal.   -  Getty Images

 

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar scored as Paris Saint-Germain beat Lille to set a new record for wins at the start of Europe's top five leagues. (Report)

Questions are likely to be asked of Niko Kovac again after Bayern Munich failed to hold on for a win at home to Freiburg on Saturday. (Report)

Brahim Diaz and Phil Foden caught the eye as Manchester City had little difficulty dispatching Fulham in the EFL Cup. (Report)

Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for Arsenal, but it still managed to hold on to a 2-1 win over Blackpool in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
(Report)

Derby County scored two first-half goals at Stamford Bridge, but poor defending haunted the side during a narrow EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea. (Report)

Santiago Solari got a win in his first game as interim Real Madrid boss, as it saw off Melilla in the Copa del Rey last-32 first leg. (Report)

Barcelona rested several stars for the trip to Cultural Leonesa and looked short of its best as it snatched a win. (Report)

Sandro Wagner and Thomas Muller scored early goals as Bayern Munich narrowly averted a slip-up in the DFB-Pokal. (Report)

Marco Reus' 120th-minute penalty broke Union Berlin hearts and sent Borussia Dortmund stumbling into the third round of the DFB Pokal. (Report)

TENNIS

Karen Khachanov caused one of the biggest shocks of the tennis year by overpowering Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-4 in the Paris Masters final to end the Serbian's remarkable spell of dominance in the men's game on Sunday. (Report)

Russia's Karen Khachanov celebrates after winning the Paris Masters final against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.   -  reuters

 

Roger Federer, who has skipped the French Open the last two years, insisted Saturday he has “no idea” whether he will play at the clay-court Grand Slam next season. (Report)

Australia's Ashleigh Barty won the WTA Elite Trophy in China on Sunday, beating home favourite Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-4. (Report)

Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum scripted a dream run, winning her first WTA title, with a powerful display against the unseeded Russian Irina Khromacheva in the $125000 L&T Mumbai Open at the Cricket Club of India courts on Sunday. (Report)

BADMINTON

Indian shuttler Subhankar Dey's fairytale run continued as he ousted fifth seed Rajiv Ouseph 21-11, 21-14 to clinch the 2018 SaarLorLux Open Super 100 tournament in Saarbrucken, Germany, on Sunday. (Report)

Subhankar Dey needed only 33 minutes to defeat Rajiv Ouseph in the final of the 2018 SaarLorLux Open.   -  BWF WEBSITE

 

Reigning Asian junior champion Lakshya Sen will spearhead India’s campaign at the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships in Markham, Canada, starting Monday. (Report)

ATHLETICS

Simone Biles set yet another record on the final day of the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar, as she became the first American to win a medal in every event at worlds. (Report)

Thirty years on from the 1988 Seoul Olympics − where he was found to have doped − sprinter Ben Johnson believes his name will finally be cleared, with reports revealing inconsistencies in his drug test. (Report)

Ben Johnson attends a session at the Ekamra Sports Literary Festival held in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.   -  BISWARJAN Rout

 

Rajasthan’s Nitesh Poonia broke the under-18 boys hammer throw National record by a massive six metres, taking it from 75.45m to 81.47m, in the 34th National junior athletics championships in Ranchi on Sunday. (Report)

MOTORSPORT

World champion Marc Marquez won the Malaysian MotoGP on Sunday despite starting in seventh position after being hit with a grid penalty, surging past Valentino Rossi, who crashed out when leading. (Report)

Honda rider Marc Marquez of Spain celebrates after winning Malaysia MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang.   -  AP

 

The final two stages turned the fortunes around for Team Mahindra's Amittrajit Ghosh and co-driver Ashwin Naik as they won the Rally of Arunachal, the third round of the MRF-FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship (INRC) near Itanagar on Sunday. (Report)

HOCKEY

Sardar Singh, one of Indian hockey’s greatest centre-halfs of all time, has said he was forced to retire because he was treated badly.
(Report)

GOLF

Justin Rose moved back to the top of the world rankings on Sunday after successfully defending his Turkish Airlines Open crown with a play-off victory over Li Haotong. (Report)

TABLE TENNIS

Top Indian paddlers Manika Batra and G. Sathiyan achieved their career-best world rankings in the latest chart released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) on Sunday. (Report)