Weekly Digest (Jul 29-Aug 4): From Steve Smith's Ashes 100 to Harry Maguire's record Man Utd deal

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sports this week.

Steve Smith celebrates his century   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

Rohit Sharma dazzled with the bat as India beat the West Indies in a rain-affected match to bag the T20I series 2-0. (Report)

England face an uphill battle to save the first Ashes Test after centurions Steve Smith and Matthew Wade tormented the hosts at Edgbaston. (Report)

India Test cricketer Prithvi Shaw, registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups. (Report)

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly talks about his ambitions for India's coaching job, his secret to staying and why class trumps all in cricket. (Report)

As captain, Virat Kohli is entitled to his opinion but Shantha Rangaswamy on Thursday said the next India head coach will be picked based only on the collective opinion of the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of which she is a part. (Report)

Indian cricket is in a healthy state, says national selection committee chairman MSK Prasad. In an interview with Sportstar, he discussed how the panel functioned in the past two years, the good picks and the plan for the future. (Interview)

How long will BCCI stay out of NADA ambit? (Report)

Getting underway on August 1, the WTC will see the top nine Test teams compete in 71 Test matches across 27 series in different continents. (Report)

It is a shock to the system. And a wake-up call. If the ICC and the different Boards do not respond now, Test cricket could be in peril. (Opinion)

Steve Smith’s father rates Ashes hundred right up there with the best. (Report)

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, mentor of Jammu & Kashmir state teams, along with age-group aspirants left for their respective homes after ongoing U-16 and U-19 trials in Srinagar were postponed due to the prevailing security situation in the valley. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Manchester City went ahead in the Community Shield at Wembley and emerged victorious thanks to Claudio Bravo's shoot-out save. (Report)

Borussia Dortmund prevented Bayern Munich from winning the DFL-Supercup for a fourth successive year, as Jadon Sancho starred in a 2-0 win. (Report)

Angel Di Maria hit the winner after Kylian Mbappe clawed Paris Saint-Germain back to parity in the Trophee des Champions against Rennes. (Report)

All India Football Federation president Praful Patel is in an unenviable position as he tries to douse the flames of discontent that threaten to engulf Indian football. He, however, wants the conversation to move away from the usual debate between the ISL and the I-League to developing the game at the grassroots. (Interview)

Manchester United has reached an agreement with Leicester City to sign centre back Harry Maguire with a transfer fee of 80 million pounds ($96.96 million) agreed, British media reports said on Friday. (Report)

Kapil Dev, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and P.K Banerjee were some of the stars felicitated at East Bengal's 100-year celebrations. (Report)

Second half strikes from Jaime Santos Colado and Khangembam Bidyashagar Singh saw East Bengal earn a hard-fought 2-0 win over Army Red in their Durand Cup 2019 tie on Saturday. (Report)

Stephanie Frappart will make history when she becomes the first female official to referee a major UEFA men's game on August 14. (Report)

TENNIS

Vijay Amritraj recollected past instances of the Indian side boycotting matches in the light of political developments as he explained that while tennis should go on, the government's word is final. (Report)

Sania Mirza is not ready to set result-oriented goals for herself as she gears up to make a comeback to competitive tennis. (Report)

In a revealing Twitter post, Naomi Osaka said: "I probably haven't had fun playing tennis since Australia." (Report)

Australia's Alex de Minaur climbed nine places to 25th after his Atlanta win; Jil Teichmann rose to No. 54 after her first win over a Top 10 player. (Report)

Having not played a singles match since January's Australian Open, Andy Murray is keen to make his comeback at the Cincinnati Masters. (Report)

Arjun Khade will lead the men’s field, while Ankita Raina will be the top female player in the tournament to be held from December 12 to 15. (Report)

Pakistan Tennis Federation president Salim Saifullah Khan has assured the Indian team a “very safe and secure environment” as the strife-torn country prepares to host a Davis Cup tie for the first time in 12 years. He also spoke of plans to invite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to watch the tie. (Report)


MORE SPORTS

BADMINTON: Satwiksairaj  Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 title here on Sunday. They defeated Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the Thailand Open final. (Report)

BOXING: Athletes heading off to foreign shores to prepare themselves for Olympics is common in India. But boxing is set to buck the trend in the run-up to the qualifiers for next year’s Tokyo Games to prevent any “travel-related burnouts”. (Report)

Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and Neeraj (57kg) struck gold while Gaurav Solanki (56kg) had to settle for the silver as Indian boxers finished their campaign on a high with a six-medal haul at the Magomed Salam Umakhanov Memorial International Boxing Tournament 2019 in Kaspiysk, Russia. (Report)

CHESS: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has dropped contempt proceedings against the All India Chess Federation (AICF), while directing it to comply with its orders in letter and spirit within stipulated timelines. (Report)

Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi showed his all-round prowess to win the Biel International Chess tournament with a round to spare on Monday. (Report)

KABADDI
Rahul Chaudhari's inspiring second-half show brought the Thalaivas back from a 10-point deficit to take the game against the Steelers, while Puneri Paltan dominated proceedings in its tie against the home side in Patna. (Report)

MOTORSPORT: Lewis Hamilton benefited from a late strategic gamble by Mercedes as he pipped Max Verstappen to glory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. (Report)

Formula One teams have agreed the calendar can expand to a record 22 races next year but without increasing the number of engines allowed, according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. (Report)

SHOOTING : In an unprecedented move, the Indian Olympic Association on Saturday proposed boycott of the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games for dropping shooting from the roster, and sought the government’s approval. (Report)

Annu Raj Singh and Shweta Singh will be competing in the last World Cup of the season in Rio, and aspire to win the second Olympic quota for Tokyo 2020, in air pistol. (Interview)

SWIMMING: A rejuvenated Ryan Lochte returned to competitive swimming for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, insisting he was a changed man as he targets a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Report)

Jack has denied knowingly taking the drug and met with officials from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) in Brisbane for a briefing on the test results. (Report)

TABLE TENNIS: Things are looking bright for G. Sathiyan, who is keen to build on the reputation of being the first Indian to break into the top-25. (Interview)

GOLF: Anirban Lahiri shot his third successive round in the 60s with a two-under 68, which took him to eight-under 202 and tied-38th after the third round of the Wyndham Championship. (Report)

Diksha Dagar is the lone Indian in the fray at the 2019 AIG women’s British Open, this year’s fifth and final Major. (Report)

Danish golf star Thorbjorn Olesen was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a passenger during a first class flight from the United States to London, British media reported. (Report)