Weekly Digest: Diluted reforms, and England's innings win

A look at the headlines from the world of sport in the week gone by.

For an all-round display, Chris Woakes won the Player of the Match award after England's innings-and-159-run win. Photo: Getty Images


The Supreme Court finalised the new Constitution for Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while rejecting the ‘one-State-one-vote’ recommendation of Justice R.M. Lodha Committee and altering the cooling-off period for cricket bosses. (Report)

Justice R. M. Lodha, chief architect of the cricket administration reforms in the country, is a “disappointed” man following the ruling on Thursday by the Supreme Court that signals a new era in the way the game would be conducted henceforth. (Report)

Various State associations, including Mumbai and Saurashtra, hailed the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate their voting rights in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The apex court on Thursday modified its earlier order on the ‘one State, one vote’ policy for BCCI members, reinstating the memberships of Mumbai, Saurashtra, Vadodara and Vidarbha, whose voting rights were taken away by the Lodha committee. (Report)

England thrashed India by an innings and 159 runs to win the second Test at Lord's on Sunday with visiting skipper Virat Kohli admitting: “We deserved to lose.” (Report)

Chris Woakes became just the 10th player in history to have scored a hundred and taken five or more wickets in a Test innings at Lord's when he reached three figures in the ongoing second Test against India. (Report)

England pace spearhead James Anderson on Sunday, became the first bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick up 100 wickets at Lord's. (Report)

The Indian women’s cricket team could travel to Sri Lanka for the three ICC Women’s Championship matches in September with an interim coach. (Report)

Andre Russell enjoyed a sensational first outing as Jamaica Tallawahs captain as he claimed a hat-trick and a record 40-ball hundred in the Caribbean Premier League. (Report)

Reminiscing about his brief, but happening international career, recently-retired batsman Mohammad Kaif, who was part of a decorated India side that included legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, said that he is satisfied with the way he played the game. (Report)

Faf du Plessis may sit out South Africa's limited-overs fixtures against Zimbabwe due to the shoulder injury that cut short his tour of Sri Lanka. (Report)

The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India, on Friday, conducted the interviews to fill the vacant post of the head coach of the Indian women's team.

The panel comprised former India captain and member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Diana Edulji, BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri, and GM (cricket operations), Syed Saba Karim.

Former India cricketers Sunil Joshi, Ajay Ratra and Ramesh Powar were some of the notable candidates who appeared for the interview along with Vijay Yadav, who is a part of the coaching staff with the National Cricket Academy (NCA). (Report)

An independent adjudicator on Friday increased the ban on Pakistan's World Twenty20-winning opener Shahzaib Hasan from one year to four on appeal from the country's cricket board. (Report)

At a time when most of the state associations have finalised their coaches for the upcoming domestic season, Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) has decided to start the selection process only after ‘consulting Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh’. (Report)

Back in India after undergoing a shoulder surgery in Manchester, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha says the recovery period seems to be more difficult to negotiate than fast bowlers. (Report)

The Supreme Court, reversing the Lodha Committee recommendations, has allowed the BCCI to revert to a five-man selection committees from the existing three. (Report)

England cricketer Ben Stokes told a court on Friday he was “absolutely not” an angry man who lost all control in a street brawl and admitted his faltering recollection of events was due to a “significant memory blackout”.

International star Stokes and Ryan Ali, both 27, are being tried for affray over a brawl that erupted in Bristol, southwest England, in the early hours of September 25 last year. The cricketer faced cross-examination from the prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis on the fifth day of the trial at Bristol Crown Court. (Report)

Ricky Ponting believes the lengthy bans given to former Australia captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their roles in March's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa have been a beneficial “shock” to world cricket. (Report)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded the West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse and handed him one demerit point for using inappropriate language during his side’s final T20 match against Bangladesh on August 5. (Report)

The T10 League received a shot in the arm ahead of its second season after International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the tournament, league organisers confirmed on Tuesday. (Report)

International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson has called for better behaviour from players and coaches in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australia's tour of South Africa. (Report)

Twenty-six year old Madhya Pradesh batsman Harpreet Singh has decided to shift his allegiance to Chhattisgarh. (Report)


Two goals from Sadio Mane and a Mohamed Salah strike helped Liverpool to a 4-0 win in its Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday. (Report)

Everton secured the services of Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina from Barcelona on an unusually quiet deadline day in the Premier League as Manchester United failed to satisfy manager Jose Mourinho's desire to sign a centre-back. (Report)

Barcelona kicks off a new season when it takes on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercup in Morocco on Sunday with Lionel Messi as club captain. (Report)

Gerard Pique has confirmed his international retirement after winning 102 caps for Spain. The Barcelona defender made the announcement ahead of Sunday's Supercopa de Espana clash with Sevilla, revealing he had informed new national team boss Luis Enrique of his decision during a conversation between the pair. (Report)

Jorginho marked his Premier League debut with a goal as Chelsea kicked off its campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium. (Report)

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Mauricio Pochettino said that he is happy with Tottenham's squad and praised the club for keeping Harry Kane, as he blamed Brexit and Spurs' new stadium for no new signings. (Report)

Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City does not have any more money to spend on players. City invested heavily ahead of the 2017-18 season, buying players including Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Ederson and Bernardo Silva, and Guardiola subsequently led the club to the Premier League title by a record-breaking 19 points. (Report)

Cristiano Ronaldo did not disappoint as he pulled on a Juventus shirt for the first time, scoring in the team's annual friendly against the club's youth side. (Report)

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva got Manchester City's Premier League title defence up and running with a deserved 2-0 win at Arsenal. (Report)


The Indian Olympic Association on Sunday said that four officials and support staff cleared by the Sports Ministry on its cost for the Asian Games cannot be part of the contingent as it has not recommended them for the multi-sporting event starting August 18. (Report)

Grassroots initiatives and support for top athletes go together in Sports Ministry’s efforts for a brighter future for sports and sportspersons in India, according to Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Speaking at the official send-off ceremony for the 572-athlete strong Indian contingent for the upcoming Asian Games, Rathore revealed plans of including U-21 category of athletes from across the country to compete “on a good platform, and in a competitive environment” by 2019. (Report)

Questioning the frequent addition and dropping of many seasoned athletes from the Sports Ministry’s Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme, Beijing Olympics gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra also called for accountability from the athletes with consistent performances. (Report)

Germany's Tour de de France champion Jan Ullrich was admitted to a psychiatric hospital on Friday after his brief detention for allegedly assaulting a prostitute.

The 44-year-old former cycling star was earlier Friday released on bail pending an investigation for possible attempted manslaughter. But once free, Ullrich suffered a panic attack, reported the DPA news agency. (Report)

Lance Armstrong went to the hospital to get his "head checked" after crashing on a bike trail in Snowmass Village, Colorado. The former pro cyclist posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram of his bloody face after the accident and explained in the caption what happened.

"Well, sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail! The Tom Blake trail (one of my faves) came up and tried to KO my a—  today. Took quite the blow to the noggin’ so swung by the Aspen Valley Hospital (great facility!) to get my head checked. For the 46 [years] prior to today I completely would have blown off getting checked. Not now,” Armstrong wrote, in part. (Report)

World gymnastics chiefs on Wednesday announced a sweeping set of measures, including the creation of an independent investigative body, following the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal in the United States. (Report)

In a bid to promote sports in the country, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today said that a games period will be made mandatory in schools after reducing the syllabus by 50 per cent by next year.

“We have come to a stage where sports is not a part of education, it is education. The ministry of education is ensuring that the syllabus in schools by 2019 is reduced by 50 per cent and there will be a sports period on a regular basis,” Rathore said. (Report)


Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram had to be content with a runner-up at the Vietnam Open after losing the final to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia on Sunday. The 30-year-old Indian had an impressive run at the tournament before losing 14-21,10-21 to Shesar in a 28-minute clash at the USD 75,000 BWF Tour Super 100 tournament. (Report)


The threat of Olympic exclusion is a “challenging moment” for the embattled International Boxing Association (AIBA), concedes its interim president Gafur Rahimov but insists that his perseverant organisation remains on course to regain the IOC’s trust. (Report)


The Indian shooters preparing for the Tokyo Olympics will have top-class competition at home as the International Shooting Federation (ISSF) has awarded a World Cup in principle to India in 2020. (Report)


Rafael Nadal won his 80th ATP Tour title, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2 7-6 (4) in the Rogers Cup final. (Report)

Qualifier Niki Poonacha took a dream to its logical end as he beat Michael Look of Australia 6-3, 6-1 in the final of the $25,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Indonesia on Saturday. (Report)

Four generations of Australian Davis Cup captains and players, led by Rod Laver, John Newcombe and Lleyton Hewitt, united Saturday to oppose proposed reforms, saying they will ruin a historic tournament.

Currently, the Davis Cup is structured around a 16-nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year. The remaining countries are then divided into three regional zones. But the International Tennis Federation wants the event reduced to a season-ending World Cup of Tennis final featuring 18 countries, which it says will allow it to attract more top players. (Report)

Mihaela Buzarnescu has revealed the ankle injury she sustained at the Rogers Cup earlier this week will rule her out of the US Open. (Report)

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Rogers Cup in the third round as Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed a deserved 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 triumph. (Report)

Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic says that he is in favour of a bid to turn the Davis Cup tournament into a season-ending Grand Slam-level showdown, as it would ease scheduling woes for the players. (Report)

China's Peng Shuai has been hit with a six-month suspension and $10,000 fine for an anti-corruption violation, the Tennis Integrity Unit announced. (Report)

Former World No.1 Andy Murray climbed 457 places in the latest ATP world rankings. Despite withdrawing from the Washington Open before his quarter-final last week, Murray is now ranked 375 as he came back after a long-term hip injury, reported Sport 24. (Report)

Serena Williams says she is suffering from “postpartum emotions” as the 23-time Grand Slam winner struggles to deal with juggling family life and tennis. (Report)

For those upset about the country’s No.1 tennis player, the 99th-ranked Yuki Bhambri skipping the Asian Games and opting to focus on the US Open, there is some consolation as the majority of Asia’s best players are missing the event. (Report)


Jorge Lorenzo struck the final blow in a dog fight with fellow Spaniard Marc Marquez, overtaking at the start of the final lap on Sunday to win the Austrian Moto GP. (Report)

Fernando Alonso looks set to make a statement about his future on Tuesday after posting a cryptic message on Twitter. Alonso's current contract with McLaren is set to expire at the end of the season and he has been linked with a move to Red Bull and Ferrari – should he decide to stay in Formula One. (Report)

Otmar Szafnauer says Force India has a bright future after a deal was agreed for the Formula One team to exit administration. The Silverstone-based outfit last month appointed FRP Advisory LLP as joint administrators, but continued to operate as normal.

A consortium led by Canadian businessman Lawrence Stroll, father of Williams driver Lance, on Tuesday reached an agreement for a takeover, meaning 405 jobs would be saved and creditors paid in full with ongoing funding guaranteed. (Report)


The Indian junior men’s and women’s teams have qualified for the Hockey 5’s competition at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games to be held from October 6 to 18, International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced on Thursday. (Report)


Brooks Koepka won his third major title and the second of 2018, as he reigned supreme at Bellerive Country Club courtesy of his two-stroke victory on Sunday. (Report)

India’s Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma’s campaign ended on a disappointing note at the 100th PGA Championships as both missed cuts with identical scores of 3-over 143 at the halfway mark. (Report)

Despite turning professional barely two seasons ago, Viraj Madappa walked the KGA course with the confidence of a past master. While his nearest rivals crumbled in the face of pressure and testing conditions, the 20-year-old Madappa held his nerve and collected the Take Solutions Masters trophy with a four-under 67 final round on Sunday. (Report)

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