Weekly digest (Mar 4-10): From Chennai City's title win to Turner's whirlwind knock

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the last week.

Chennai City FC

Champions of India: Chennai City FC players celebrate after beating Minerva Punjab FC to win their maiden I-League title on Saturday.   -  Siva Saravanan

Cricket

A special innings of 84 runs off 43 balls from Ashton Turner led Australia to a series-levelling, four-wicket in in the fourth ODI against India in Mohali. (REPORT)

Smriti Mandhana achieved her career-best ranking in the latest T20I women rankings. (REPORT)

India women’s cricket team lost the three-match Twenty20 International series 3-0, failing to even record a consolation win having had the chance to do so with only three runs needed off the final over of the third T20I. (REPORT)

Former Pakistan captain and the current national selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the 10-team group format offers a level-playing field for all the teams involved. (REPORT)

England secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against the West Indies by winning the second match by 137 runs. (REPORT)

R. Ashwin, the captain of Kings XI Punjab, said that he was looking to learn from C. Varun, who was bought by the franchise for Rs 8.40 crore at the IPL 2019 auction. (REPORT)

David Warner and Steve Smith were left out of Australia’s squad for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE later in March. (REPORT)

Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar lost the top category of central contracts for 2018-19, with Rishabh Pant bagging category ‘A’. (REPORT)

M. S. Dhoni declined to inaugural the pavilion named after him at his home ground in Ranchi, JSCA International Stadium Complex. (REPORT)

Football

Manchester City's owners aim to buy a club in India this year, according to chief executive Ferran Soriano. [REPORT]

Germany coach Joachim Low has confirmed he will no longer pick experienced trio Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller as he wants to take the team in a different direction in 2019. [REPORT]

Real Kashmir FC insists that it will play its I-League re-match against Minerva Punjab only if it is held in Srinagar. [REPORT]

Lionel Messi is back in the Argentina squad for the first time in almost nine months, although Sergio Aguero has been left out. [REPORT]

Eusebio Di Francesco has been sacked as Roma coach following the club's Champions League last-16 exit to FC Porto. [REPORT]

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini retired from international duty with Belgium on Thursday, just over a month after swapping Old Trafford for China. [REPORT]

Chelsea's two-window transfer ban will not be delayed while its appeal is heard, FIFA has confirmed. [REPORT]

An investigation into Manchester City for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations has been launched by the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB), the governing body has announced. [REPORT]

Manchester City is the subject of a Premier League investigation into allegations regarding the club's finances, youth player recruitment and third-party ownership. [REPORT]

Tottenham Hotspur will finally play its first Premier League match at its long-delayed new stadium against either Crystal Palace or Brighton and Hove Albion in April. [REPORT]

Gaurav Bora scored a stunning brace as Chennai City FC made a sensational comeback to beat Minerva Punjab FC 3-1 and win its maiden Hero I-League title. [REPORT]

A brace from Mourtada Fall and goals from Ferran Corominas, Jackichand Singh and Brandon Fernandes gave FC Goa a 5-1 win in the first leg of its Indian Super League semifinal against Mumbai City FC. [REPORT]

Jamie Vardy passed a century of goals for Leicester City during the 3-1 Premier League win against Fulham. [REPORT]

The qualifiers of the second edition of the Hero Super Cup will kick off at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from March 15. [REPORT]

TENNIS

Serene Williams has spoken in support of the United States women's football team over a reported legal battle for equal pay with the men's side. (READ)

India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran defeated World No. 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. (READ)

Despite Rafael Nadal warning against voting him out, Chris Kermode will leave his role as ATP boss at the end of the year. (READ)

Andy Murray says he is no longer in pain but the former World No. 1 is unsure whether he will be able to play top-level tennis again following a second hip operation. (READ)

Stan Wawrinka made it through his test with Daniel Evans at the Indian Wells Masters, while Australian teenager Alexei Popyrin claimed his first ATP 1000 victory. (READ)

Simona Halep made light work of Barbora Strycova before Serena Williams prevailed in an epic clash with Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells Masters. (READ)

Novak Djokovic shook off some rust and US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo Saturday, opening his ATP Indian Wells Masters campaign with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory. (READ)

More sports

Athletics

Indian heptathlete Swapna Barman received a pair of customised shoes from Adidas for her 12-toed feet. (REPORT)

Arokia Rajiv and V. K. Vismaya won the men’s and women’s 200m gold at the Indian Grand Prix. (REPORT)

Badminton

Kento Momota won the All England Badminton Championship, beating Viktor Axelsen 21-11, 15-21, 21-15 in the final. Yufei Chen won the women's singles title, beating Tai Tzu Ying. (REPORT)

Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal went the furthest of the Indian shuttlers at All England Badminton Championships, reaching the quarterfinals, where they went down to Kento Momota and Tai Tzu Ying respectively. (REPORT)

Boxing

Indian boxer Vijender Singh will make his debut in the U.S. professional circuit on April 12. (REPORT)

Chess

India men are set to face Kazakhstan in the round of World Teams Chess. (REPORT)

Mumbai boy Kush Bagat won the bronze medal at Paris Chess Meet. (REPORT)

Golf

Anirban Lahiri finished tied-59 at Honda Classic after a bad final day with a five-over 75. (REPORT)

Gaganjeet Bhullar carded four-under 68 on the final day of Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and finished Tied-31st. (REPORT)

Hockey

An 18-man Indian team was announced for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, with Manpreet Singh set to captain. (REPORT)

Motorsport

Andrea Dovizioso held off the challenge from Marc Marquez to seal victory at the season-opening Qatar MotoGP. (REPORT)

Shooting

Arpit Goel pipped Adarsh Singh 4-3 in the 25-metre rapid fire pistol in the third National Shooting Selection Trials. (REPORT)

Anjum Moudgil topped the women’s field in the National Shooting Selection Trials in Tughlakabad. (REPORT)

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