Weekly Digest: India's HWL bronze, and Tandon's title win

A weekly round-up of sporting action from around the world.

Suranga Lakmal helped Sri Lanka defeat India in the first ODI in Dharamsala. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

CRICKET

After conceding the Test series, Sri Lanka bounced back in style in the ODI series as it defeated the host by seven wickets in the first ODI at Dharamsala on Sunday. (REPORT)

After parting ways with coach Chandika Hathurusingha the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has named Shakib Al Hasan as the Test captain for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka in January next year. He replaces Mushfiqur Rahim. (REPORT)

England's Ashes tour has descended into further turmoil after batsman Ben Duckett was dropped for a warm-up game on Saturday following an incident at a bar in Perth. (REPORT)

Former Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has been appointed as the head coach of Sri Lanka national team. (REPORT)

The writing was clearly on the wall even before the penultimate day's play commenced at the Vidarbha Cricket Association on Sunday. Karnataka, thanks to lanky off-spinner K. Gowtham's six-wicket haul, ensured that it folded up Mumbai in a kind of an unprecedented manner to complete its total domination in the Ranji Trohy quarter-final. (REPORT)

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been provisionally selected for the one-day international series against Australia. (REPORT)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council decided that the recently reinstated Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will be able to retain players who had played for them in 2015, and those who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads last season. (REPORT)

Rajasthanan Royals’ venue woes may finally end soon. The IPL franchise, which returns to business after a two-year suspension, could well play its home fixtures at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. (REPORT)

In the revised Future Tours Programme for 2019-20 to 2022-23, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Operations Team has scheduled 158 bilateral international matches (85 home and 73 away) consisting of 37 Test matches, 67 ODIs and 54 Twenty20 matches. (REPORT)

Jasprit Bumrah found a place in the Indian team for the three-match Test series against South Africa starting in January. The national selectors announced a 17-member team, which included Parthiv Patel as the reserve wicketkeeper. (REPORT)

Australia wrapped up a 120-run win over England in the second Ashes Test after needing less than two hours on Wednesday to take six wickets in Adelaide. (REPORT)

Maratha Arabians announced West Indies’ all-rounder Dwayne Bravo as a replacement for Kumar Sangakkara for the upcoming T10 Cricket League. The former Sri Lankan star, who was one of the major buys, has pulled out of the squad owing personal reasons. (REPORT)

 

SQUASH

Ramit Tandon, who had been making waves in the Singapore Open, a PSA World tour event, claimed the title—his career second—on Sunday. His previous title-win came in May this year in the SYS Open, in Southampton, USA. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

The final of the Hockey World League Finals saw Olympic champion Argentina face-off against world champion Australia and the latter won the battle of champions 2-1 to retain the title. (REPORT)

India held on to a narrow 2-1 lead to defeat Germany and clinch the bronze medal in the third place play-off at the Hockey World League Finals on Sunday. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

K. Srikanth was awarded the Honorary Life Membership of the Cricket Club of India. (REPORT)

GOLF

Sergio Garcia has been named European Tour Golfer of the Year after finally breaking his major duck at the Masters in April. (REPORT)

BOXING

Vijender Singh will take on West African champion Ernest Amuzu to defend his WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental super middleweight titles at the Sawai Mansingh Indoor Stadium in Jaipur on December 23. (REPORT)

The man behind India’s best ever medal haul at the recently-concluded AIBA Women’s Youth Boxing Championship, Italian coach Raffaele Bergamasco, has been elevated to the position of Performance Director for senior women pugilists. (REPORT)

CHESS

The London Chess Classic is finally hotting up. Round seven produced three decisive results, that is as many as the first six rounds put together. All that action meant that Fabiano Caruana could no longer be the sole leader in London. Russia’s Ian Nepominachtchi has caught up with the American, following his victory against Viswanathan Anand. (REPORT)

K. Ratnakaran stunned the field to win the Penang Heritage International Open chess tournament in Malaysia. (REPORT)

Four titles in a row for Padmini Rout in the Iwasa 44th National premier women’s chess championship. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton expects to remain in the sport until at least 2020. Hamilton's contract with Mercedes is due to expire at the end of next season, though he is believed to be set for negotiations over a renewal in the coming weeks. (REPORT)

Former Formula One driver Felipe Massa was appointed the head of the FIA Karting Commission after his retirement from the sport at the end of the 2017 season. (REPORT)

Bahrain will hold the second race of the 2018 Formula One calendar after the FIA confirmed it will swap places with China. (REPORT)

CUE SPORT

Tamil Nadu's S. Shrikrishna and Karnataka's P. Keerthana were a class apart from the rest at the sub-junior and junior National snooker and billiards championship, as Shrikrishna pocketed all four titles on offer, while Keerthana captured three. (REPORT)

MORE SPORTS

Close on the heels of star boxer MC Mary Kom’s resignation, double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has also quit his role as a National Sports Observer for wrestling. (REPORT)

 

FOOTBALL

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Lionel Messi's five Ballon d'Or awards after retaining football's most prestigious individual prize for the second year running. (Report)

The US Soccer Federation will have a new president in 2018, and iconic former women's international goalkeeper Hope Solo has thrown her name in for consideration. (Report)

EPL:

Nicolas Otamendi was the surprise hero as Manchester City secured a 2-1 derby win over Manchester United to move 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. (Report)

Wayne Rooney scored a late penalty as Everton claimed an unlikely 1-1 draw against a dominant Liverpool at Anfield in the Merseyside derby on Sunday. (Report)

Olivier Giroud proved to be Arsenal's super-sub once again as he rescued a point for his team two minutes from time at Southampton. (Report)

LA LIGA:

Atletico Madrid bounced back from its midweek disappointment in Europe by setting a club record in a 1-0 win at an out-of-form Real Betis on Sunday. (Report)

Cristiano Ronaldo capped a successful week by leading Real Madrid to a 5-0 demolition of Sevilla in Saturday's La-Liga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu. (Report)

BUNDESLIGA:

Borussia Dortmund sacked head coach Peter Bosz and installed former Cologne boss Peter Stoger as his replacement until the end of this season. (Report)

Arturo Vidal's fourth goal in as many Bundesliga games was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Bayern Munich over Eintracht Frankfurt, but worryingly for the league leader, its goalkeeping crisis deepened. (Report)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan has become the top-scoring African in Bundesliga history after scoring in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 home defeat to Werder Bremen on Saturday. (Report)

INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE

A 60th minute goal from Achille Emana gave Mumbai City FC a 1-0 win over Chennaiyin FC on Sunday. (Report)

FC Pune City climbed to the top of the Indian Super League table with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Jamshedpur FC at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on Sunday. (Report)

Ferran Corominas fired a second hat-trick in as many games as FC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 5-2 in its Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash at the Fatorda Stadium on Saturday. With the win, Goa now joins Bengaluru FC at the top of the ISL table. (Report)

I-LEAGUE

Mohun Bagan picked up its second straight win dominating visitor Churchill Brothers 5-0 in an I-League match at the Vidyasagar Stadium in Barasat on Sunday. (Report)

NEROCA defeated Gokulam FC 3-0 to register its first win, which was Gokulam's second defeat in three matches. (Report)