Weekly Digest (Oct 21-27): Ganguly takes charge, England upsets All Blacks

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the last week, from Ganguly taking over as the BCCI president to England beating All Blacks in Rugby World Cup semis.

BCCI president Saurav Ganguly along with secretary Jay Shah and treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal during the general body meeting.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

CRICKET

India took the series against South Africa 3-0 to top the World Test Championships table.   -  Vivek Bendre

Donning a navy blue blazer, which he received as an India captain before the 2003 World Cup, Sourav Ganguly walked in to address the media, but this time as the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). (Report)

Amid the structural developments in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), there is no clarity on the future of the five-member senior selection committee headed by M.S.K. Prasad. (Report)

David Warner marked his return to the international Twenty20 arena with a stunning maiden century as Australia eased past Sri Lanka by 134 runs in its opening game. (Report)

It took India just two overs, 10 minutes and a roll of the arm from local boy Shahbaz Nadeem (6-1-18-2) to bowl South Africa out and clinch the series 3-0 with an innings and 202 run-win at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. (Report)

Karnataka claimed its fourth Vijay Hazare Trophy title with a comfortable victory over traditional rival Tamil Nadu in the final at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. (Report)

The Bangladesh cricketers ended their strike late on Wednesday after their meeting with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) top brass in Dhaka. (Report)

The national selection committee on Thursday decided to rest Virat Kohli for the T20Is against Bangladesh. In his absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the side. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski   -  Bongarts


Robert Lewandowski set a new record in the Bundesliga by scoring in a ninth straight league match in Bayern Munich's 2-1 win over Union Berlin. (REPORT)

After being held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United a week earlier, Liverpool had to come from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield. (REPORT)

Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City FC were wasteful upfront as both sides squandered chances aplenty and shared the spoils in a goalless draw in their Indian Super League (ISL 2019-20) clash. (REPORT)

9-0! NINE-ZERO! Leicester City equalled Premier League's biggest-ever win by mauling Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium. Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez scored hat-tricks. (REPORT)

The first El Clasico of the season has been set to December 18 after requests from both Barcelona and Real Madrid.  (REPORT)

Another record for Lionel Messi. The Argentine forward became the first player to score in the Champions League in 15 consecutive seasons in Barcelona's fortunate 2-1 win over Slvaia Prague. (REPORT)

Inter Milan has put itself in a stronger position to reach the next round of the Champions League after seeing off Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT)

The AFC recognised the Indian Super League as the country’s premier competition while recommending the AIFF to “open a pathway” for two I-League clubs’ entry into ISL by the end of 2020-21 season. (REPORT)

David Williams, Roy Krishna and Edu Garcia got on the scoresheet as ATK thumped ISL new-comer Hyderabad FC 5-0. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

An Se Young beat Carolina Marin to claim her maiden HSBC BWF World Tour Super 750 title.   -  TWITTER| @bwfmedia

 

Korean teen sensation An Se-young stunned reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin in an epic final to lift the women’s singles title at the French Open badminton tournament. (REPORT)

India ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu crashed out of French Open 2019, losing a 75-minute contest to World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying. The Taiwanese beat the Indian 21-16, 24-26, 21-17 in the quarterfinal in Paris on Friday. (REPORT)

Saina Nehwal went down fighting to South Korea's Se Young An as she lost the women's singles quarterfinal 20-22, 23-21 on Friday in the French Open 2019 in Paris. (REPORT)

India’s Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap were both ousted in the opening round of the men’s singles event at the French Open in Paris on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat put up a brilliant effort to win the mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo on Sunday. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Midfielder Sushila Chanu is confident of the Indian women’s hockey team qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics as she feels the country has made a lot of improvement in the last three years. (REPORT)

BOXING

Celebrated British professional boxer Tyson Fury wants to see Indian icon Vijender Singh achieve bigger glory by winning a world title some day. (Report)

MOTORSPORT

 

Gaurav Gill became the first motorsport personality to be awarded the Arjuna honour on August 29, less than a month before the incident.   -  Rayan Rozario

Lewis Hamilton won his 83rd Formula One race as he triumphed at the Mexico Grand Prix on Sunday. However, Hamilton could not seal his world title as fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished third to keep the championship race alive. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel completed the podium. (Report)

India’s top rally driver Gaurav Gill talks about the accident, the hurdles in the legal procedure, and his struggles with the trauma of the incident for his family. (Report)

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez extended his winning streak after claiming a dramatic victory over Maverick Vinales on the final lap at the Australian Grand Prix. (Report)

SHOOTING

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has cancelled the membership of the two marksmen involved in a scuffle inside the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, while the national federation has asked its Athletes Commission to launch an inquiry into the incident. (READ)

TENNIS

Roger Federer, who captured his fourth title of the year and 10th overall at the Swiss Indoors, is now within six titles of Jimmy Connors’ Open era record. (REPORT)

Novak Djokovic hailed the appointment of Andrea Gaudenzi as the new chairman of the ATP in succession to Chris Kermode whose controversial exit led to a rift between the world number one and fellow heavyweights, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. (Report)

ATHLETICS:

The International Olympic Committee on Friday defended a plan to move the 2020 marathon and race-walking events from Tokyo to northern Japan, despite opposition from local officials. (Report)

CHESS

Indians finished medal-less after overnight leaders Ukraine’s Evgeny Shtembuliak and Russia’s Polina Shuvalova performed to expectations to claim their maiden World junior (under-20) chess crowns. (Report)

RUGBY

All Blacks do the haka.   -  Getty Images

 

South Africa battled its way into its third World Cup final, overwhelming Wales 19-16 to set up a repeat of the 2007 final against England. (Report)

England dethroned New Zealand with a magnificent performance to go through to its fourth Rugby World Cup final, where it will face either South Africa or Wales. (Report)