Weekly Digest (Aug 19-25): From Sindhu's crowing moment at World Championships to Stokes' Headingley epic

P.V. Sindhu became the first Indian player to win a gold medal at the World Championship after she decimated Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in the final. Ben Stokes clobbered an unbeaten 135 as England won the third Ashes Test by 1 wicket in what looked like a certain defeat.

India’s golden girl of the moment, P. V. Sindhu, says she played her best badminton in recent times and, more importantly, played consistently right through the World Championships.   -  getty images

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of India's National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for a period of up to six months due to non-conformities with the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). WADA confirmed that the NDTL is prohibited from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and blood samples. Full report here.

 

CRICKET

Australia was on the cusp of retaining the Ashes at Headingley, but Ben Stokes happened. Chasing 359 on Day four, England was reeling at 286-9 but the Durham all-rounder smashed eight sixes and 11 fours in his epic knock of 135 not out to take the host past the line. Here's the full report.

Pacer S. Sreesanth, who was banned for life for alleged spot-fixing in the IPL 2013, was given a chance to make his comeback after the Supreme Court of  India reduced his ban to seven years which will end in August 2020. The Kerala speedster spoke to Sportstar about his future plans after the Apex court's verdict. Read the full interview here.

Former Indian middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu, who announced his international retirement in July, expressed his wish to come out retirement and play white-ball cricket for India. Here is full Sportstar interview with Rayudu.

Ballari Tuskers all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham's performance was one of a kind. Playing against Shivamogga in the Karnataka Premier League, he slammed the fastest ton in the tournament's history in 39 balls and remained unbeaten on 134 (54b, 7x4, 13x6), the highest individual score in KPL. Then with the ball, Gowtham took 8-15 - the best bowling figures in T20 cricket. Here's are the full details of Gowtham's rare feat.

BADMINTON

P.V. Sindhu on Sunday became the first Indian to win the badminton World Championships by beating familiar rival Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final in Basel on Sunday. The Olympic silver-medallist Indian was in total control as she won 21-7, 21-7 in a match that lasted just 38 minutes. (REPORT)

Manasi Joshi clinched the gold in women’s singles SL3 final of the Para World Badminton Championship, defeating world No. 1 and compatriot Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 to pick her maiden title. 30-year-old Manasi incidentally is another trainee at Gopi Chand Academy. (REPORT)

Sai Praneeth’s impressive run at the BWF World Championships ended in a 13-21 8-21 defeat to world no 1 Kento Momota. The 27-year old secured a bronze medal for India, the first make shuttler in 36 years to do so. (REPORT)

"This gold could not have come at a more appropriate time for Sindhu as now she will gun for the Olympic gold in Tokyo next year," said chief national coach, P. Gopi Chand, after PV Sindhu became India's first Badminton World Champion on Sunday. (REPORT)

Saina Nehwal on Friday slammed the standard of umpiring in her BWF World Championships pre-quarterfinal loss to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, terming it “very sick.” Her husband P. Kashyap, who often sits by the courtside during her matches, also lashed out at the umpire following the narrow defeat. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Joel Matip's header and Salah's second-half brace ensured Liverpool beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield and move three points clear at the top of the table, with the Gunners staying second despite suffering a fourth straight away defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League. (REPORT)

Captain Marcus Joseph’s brilliant brace propelled Gokulam Kerala FC to register a thrilling 2-1 win over Mohun Bagan and lift its maiden Durand Cup title at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday. GKFC became the second club from Kerala to win the tournament after a I.M. Vijayan-led FC Kochin won it in 1997. (REPORT)

Real Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw by Real Valladolid in its first home game of the season on Saturday. Karim Benzema's strike with eight minutes to play looked enough to earn Zinedine Zidane's side a second win from two La Liga matches in 2019-20, only for Sergi Guardiola to level late on. (REPORT)

Manchester United slumped to its first Premier League defeat of the season as David De Gea's mistake handed Crystal Palace a 2-1 win at Old Trafford. (REPORT)

Manchester City secured a battling 3-1 win at Bournemouth to bounce back from last week's frustrating draw against Tottenham and climb to second in the Premier League. (REPORT)

Juventus started its bid for a ninth consecutive Serie A title with a narrow, but thoroughly deserved, 1-0 win over Parma at Stadio Ennio Tardini on Saturday. (REPORT)

 

PRO KABADDI

Table-topper and favourite Jaipur Pink Panthers would not have expected things to turn out like it did against Bengaluru Bulls at New Delhi on Sunday. On the other hand, Dabang Delhi bagged its second win at home beating UP Yoddha 36-27. (REPORT)

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M.K. Sandhiya officiating in a Pro Kabaddi League match.   -  Special Arrangement

 

The story of M.K. Sandhiya, who checks in everyday at the Springdays School in Vellore as a physical education teacher. However, her routine changes drastically in the Pro Kabaddi League season, where she works as a match official. (REPORT)

Veteran paddler Sharath Kamal claimed that kabaddi has become a popular sport among the Indian audience thanks to the PKL. (REPORT)

 

TENNIS

The US Open has revealed a fascinating draw as Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in the first round of the women's singles, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are headed for a collision course. Check out the full draw here.

On Monday, India's 22-year old Sumit Nagal, playing his first Grand Slam singles match, will face his idiol Roger Federer in the U.S. Open first round. This fascinating read will find you making parallels with another precocious talent who upset the Swiss Master in 2004.

HOCKEY

It is was a great week for India's hockey fans as both the men's and the women's team won Olympic Test Event in Tokyo. Click for the men's final report. You can find the full details Indian women beating Japan in the final here.

SHOOTING

National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh on Friday said Jaspal Rana, the man behind the remarkable rise of the country’s young shooters in recent years, “truly deserves” the Dronacharya Award after the national pistol coach was left out of the nominations. (Report)