Weekly Digest (Apr 30 - May 6): Ferguson's health scare to Mumbai Indians' resurgence

Here's a summary of all that happened in the world of sports over the last seven days.

Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffered a health scare after he was admitted to a hospital following a brain haemorrhage. (File Photo)   -  AFP


IPL 2018

#Defending champion Mumbai Indians, which was lurking at the bottom of the table, managed to win a couple of back-to-back games to stay in the hunt for the play-offs.

#Rajasthan Royals, which made a comeback to the IPL after two years, is all but out of the tournament after losing to Kings XI Punjab on May 6.

#Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) maintained the top spot following an impressive show and is a win away from sealing the play-offs spot.

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International Cricket

#Justin Langer was appointed as the national team head coach of Australia in all three formats of the game, succeeding Darren Lehmann. (REPORT)

#Indian skipper Virat Kohli was roped in by English County side Surrey, where he would be playing six matches, as preparation for upcoming India's tour of UK, which included a trip to Ireland. (REPORT)

#India to announce squad for Afghanistan's debut Test, the ODI series in Ireland on May 8. (REPORT)


Champions League

#Real Madrid was held to a 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich in the second leg of the semifinals at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, while Real qualified for the final on a 4-2 aggregate, courtesy of a 2-1 win in the first leg, in Munich. (REPORT)

#Liverpool qualified for the final for the first time in 13 years after beating AS Roma 7-6 in aggregate, while it lost to it 4-2 in the away tie. (REPORT)

Europa League

#Atletico Madrid qualified for the final, along with Marseille, after winning 2-1 in aggregate against Arsenal, while Marseille won 3-2 in aggregate against Salzburg. Follow here

Serie A

#Napoli was held to a 2-2 draw against Torino, virtually killing its title hopes, as Juventus is now just a point away from the title. Follow here

Premier League

#Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffered a health scare after he was hospitalised following a brain haemorrhage. He was reported to have undergone a surgery and his condition is reported to be stable as wishes poured in from all around the world.

#Manchester United suffered a shock 0-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford, virtually putting its second spot finish in jeopardy. (REPORT)

#Tottenham Hotspur, too, suffered a shock 0-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, putting its Champions League qualification chances in jeopardy. (REPORT)

#David de Gea was crowned Manchester United's Player of the Year for the fourth time, eclipsing Cristiano Ronaldo's record. (REPORT)

La Liga

#Champion Barcelona maintained its  season-long unbeaten LaLiga run with a 2-2 Clasico draw against rival Real Madrid at Camp Nou, despite Sergi Roberto's first-half red card. (REPORT)


#India has been clubbed with host United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand and Bahrain in Group A of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football to be held in the United Arab Emirates. (REPORT)


#Alexander Zverev won the ATP Munich Open beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-3 in the final.(REPORT)

#Serena Williams withdrew from Madrid Open, citing the need to spend more time training before returning to competitive action. Meanwhile, Wimbledon chiefs have admitted that they will hold an internal debate to clarify if the seven-time champion Williams can be seeded at Wimbledon, who is currently 449th in the WTA rankings after taking time off to get married and have her first child, in 2017. (REPORT)


#The triumphant Indian badminton team that made a historic breakthrough with the mixed team championship gold was rewarded by the BAI with cash awards to the tune of Rs. 1.3 crore. (REPORT)

#Indian shutter B. Sai Praneeth went down fighting to second seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the men’s singles semifinals of the New Zealand Open badminton. (REPORT)

Moto GP

#Marc Marquez profited from his three main rivals all crashing out of the Spanish Grand Prix to take the victory and move back to the top of the MotoGP standings. (REPORT)


#India’s Aditi Ashok shared the lead and gave herself a great chance of grabbing a breakthrough win after the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic was reduced to 36 holes because of inclement weather. (REPORT)

#Tiger Woods was disappointed not to be in contention at the Wells Fargo Championship, despite a much-improved third-round performance after narrowly making the cut. Meanwhile, he, along with Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler will tee off together at The Players Championship. (REPORT)


#Harendra Singh was named chief coach of the Indian men’s team while Sjoerd Marijne was sent back to the women’s camp — a fallout of the poor show by Manpreet Singh and Co. in the Commonwealth Games (CWG). (REPORT)

#Sunita Lakra was announced captain of defending champion India at the women’s Asian Champions Trophy to be held in Donghae City, Korea, from May 13. (REPORT)

#Manpreet Singh was among the three players recommended for 2018’s Arjuna award by Hockey India. (REPORT)

Table Tennis

# India registered a 3-1 win over Romania in the Championship Division match of the World team table tennis championship in Halmstad. (REPORT)


#Haryana’s 400m hurdler Aman and Tamil Nadu triple jumper Priyadarshini Suresh came up with personal bests as they struck gold in the South Asian junior athletics championships in Colombo. (REPORT)

# Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra settles for the fourth spot in the season opener, in Doha, in the Diamond League series. (REPORT)



#Two youth teams, representing Delhi and Bengaluru, will represent India at the Junior NBA World Championship, to be held in Orlando, USA from August 7 to 12.

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#Gagan Narang and Pooja Ghatkar won the mixed air rifle silver medal in the Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition. Meanwhile, Mihika Poore delivered the winning hit in the tie-shoot to bag the women’s air rifle gold. Also, Shri Nivetha clinched the gold medal in women’s air pistol, after topping the qualification list featuring 94 shooters.

#Shahzar Rizvi grabbed the number one spot in ISSF world rankings, riding on his silver medal-winning performance in the just-concluded ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea.

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