Weekly digest (Oct 14-20): From Murray's Antwerp Open title to Bengal Warriors winning PKL

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the last week, from Andy Murray winning the Antwerp Open title to Bengal Warriors winning PKL.

Andy Murray with the Antwerp Open title after beating Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets.   -  AP

CRICKET

BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly has said that resumption of bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan is subject to approval from India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Imran Khan. (Report)

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will become the first team in the league to have a woman in the support staff in the 13th edition, appointing Navnita Gautam as the team's sports massage therapist. (Report)

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has sent an invitation to Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina to watch her country’s Test match against India at the Eden Gardens from November 22-26, sources in the association said. (Report)

Karnataka made short work of Puducherry in their Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal outing, cruising to an eight-wicket win at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday. (Report)

Sarfaraz Ahmed has been sacked as Pakistan’s Test and T20 captain with Azhar Ali and Babar Azam elevated to leadership roles for the upcoming tour of Australia. (Report)

Darren Bravo has been left out of West Indies' squad for the one-off Test with Afghanistan, while spinner Hayden Walsh has been called up for the one-day internationals and Twenty20s. (Report

Sri Lanka's T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, who skipped the recent Pakistan tour citing security fears, was on Thursday included in a 16-man squad to play against Australia. (Report)

Super Over rule change fair, says England World Cup-winning coach Bayliss. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Adil Khan’s 88th-minute header salvaged a draw for India, which, until then, had struggled to break down the Bangladesh defence in the Group E FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. Saad Uddin’s 42nd-minute header had put Bangladesh ahead and  Jamie Day’s side threatened to take all three points until Adil’s powerful header at the near post from a corner in the dying moments. It leaves India with two points from three fixtures in Group E. (REPORT)

Adam Lallana rescued a point for Liverpool after Marcus Rashford put Manchester United ahead towards the end of the first half. The draw brought an end to Liverpool's winning run, but it remains atop the Premier League table, leading defending champion Manchester City by six points. (REPORT)

Real Madrid agreed to Barcelona’s request to push back the El Clasico fixture scheduled to be played at Camp Nou on October 26 to December 18 due to safety concerns amid the ongoing political tensions in Catalonia. (REPORT)

Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were on target for Barcelona, which beat Eibar 3-0 on Saturday at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. (REPORT)

Marcos Alonso’s 73rd-minute goal helped Chelsea secure its second victory at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, beating Newcastle United 1-0, propelling the Blues up to fourth on the table. (REPORT)

Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Watford an early lead against Tottenham Hotspur away from home and the Hornets were ahead for 80 minutes before Dele Alli equalised for Spurs, which will feel it was a case of losing two points as it looks to recover from a poor start to the season. (REPORT)

Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to first-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and David Silva, helping the defending Premier League champion recover from a 2-0 home reverse against Wolverhampton Wanderers before the international break. (REPORT)

Defending Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich was held to a 2-2 draw by Augsburg thanks to Alfred Finnbogason’s equaliser in second-half stoppage time, after Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski had put the Bavarians 2-1 ahead following Marco Richter’s goal in the first minute. (REPORT)

Daniel Parejo late free-kick earned Valencia a point against Atletico Madrid, which, as a result, drew its third consecutive LaLiga fixture. Diego Costa’s 36th-minute penalty gave it the lead, while Joao Felix suffered an injury in a major blow to Rojiblancos. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu on Thursday lost to South Korea's Se Young An 14-21, 17-21 in the second round of the Denmark Open 2019. Sai Praneeth also bowed out in the second round after losing 6-21, 14-21 to reigning world champion Kento Momota. India's top seeds Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma had crashed out after losing their respective first round matches on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth on Wednesday suffered first round losses at the BWF Denmark Open women’s and men’s singles competitions respectively in Odense on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Former Olympic champion Li Xuerui has announced her retirement from international badminton, the BWF announced on Thursday. (REPORT)

CHESS

At 13 years, nine months and 28 days, Raunak Sadhwani became India's 65th Grandmaster, beating Russian Alexander Motylev to reach five points, which was one more than needed to be a GM. (REPORT)

Viswanathan Anand’s hopes of qualifying for the Candidates Tournament suffered a setback after being held by Russia’s Kirill Alekseenko in the ninth round of FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Indian men’s hockey team axed Kothajit Singh and Birendra Lakra for the Olympic Qualifiers against Russia, while the women’s team retained the same team from its recent tour of England for the Qualifiers against USA. Both the men’s and women’s matches will be played at the Kalinga Stadium on November 1 and 2. (REPORT)

Indian junior hockey men's team lost a second consecutive final to Great Britain in the Sultan of Johor Cup as it succumbed to a 1-2 loss at Johor Bahru. (REPORT)

Hockey India has withdrawn its application to host the next women’s World Cup and has bid for the men’s event in 2023. The final decision on hosting rights will be decided by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on November 8. (REPORT)

KABADDI

B.C. Ramesh’s Bengal Warriors beats Krishan Kumar Hooda’s Dabang Delhi 39-34 in the season seven final to clinch its maiden Pro Kabaddi League title. (Report)

Naveen Kumar was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the season while Pawan Sehrawat and Fazel Atrachali were aptly rewarded for their contributions to their respective teams. (Highlights of final)

Bengal Warriors' maiden ProKabaddi title win in pictures (Gallery)

MOTORSPORT

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez won the Japan GP on Sunday to clinch his tenth victory of the season. It was the Spaniard’s fourth win in a row and it turned out to be vital for his team, Repsol Honda, as it won the Constructors title. (Report)

In Formula One, Miami will soon host a race as an agreement was reached in principle to stage the event in 2021 at the Hard Rock Stadium, which is the home of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL. (Read more)

TENNIS

Daniil Medvedev beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday, claiming his fourth title of the year. (Report)

Former world number one Andy Murray climbed over 200 places in the new ATP rankings while Novak Djokovic extended his lead over Rafael Nadal at the top. (Report)

Naomi Osaka holds dual nationality with Japan and the United States but has made up her mind to represent the former at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. (Report)

WRESTLING

Dismissing the report that he has sacked his personal coach Shako Bentinidis, star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Friday said the Georgian is very much in his team and he has no plans to make any change to his support staff. (Report)

ATHLETICS

Ethiopia's Tsehay Gemechu and Andamlak Belihu defended their women's and men's titles at the 15th Delhi Half Marathon on Sunday. Belihu, who had set his sights on beating the course record, missed it by four seconds. (REPORT)

BOXING

Indian women's boxing saw high drama after Nikhat Zareen wrote to sports minister Kiren Rijiju demanding a trial bout against MC Mary Kom before India's squad for Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers is decided. While Rijiju asked the Boxing Federation of India to look into the matter, shooter and Olympian Abhinav Bindra backed Zareen saying that a trial should be conducted. (REPORT) A miffed Mary reacted saying that Bindra shouldn't interfere in boxing affairs. (REPORT) Mary added that she is not scared to face Zareen if a trial bout is held to select the Indian squad for the Qualifiers in February next year. (REPORT)

Duryodhan Singh Negi and Jaideep advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of 69kg and 75kg weight categories respectively in the 7th CISM World Military Games in Wuhan, China. Amit Panghal won his opening bout on Saturday. (REPORT)