Weekly Digest: England's Finn blow; Mary Kom wins gold

From England's players falling like nine pins before the Ashes to Italy's uncertain World Cup place. Click to read more about all that happened in the week gone by.

Mary Kom notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championships.   -  PTI

CRICKET

India scripted a brilliant six-run win to notch up its first ever Twenty20 series win over New Zealand at the Sports Hub, Kariyavattom on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Akash Choudhary, a young left-arm medium-pacer from Rajasthan shoots to fame by grabbing all 10 wickets in a local T20 match. (REPORT)

Board President's XI captain Sanju Samson hogged the limelight with a fine century even as Sri Lanka used the final day of its two-day warm-up engagement at the Jadavpur University ground here to give its bowlers some match time ahead of the first Test against India, starting at the Eden Gardens on November 16. (REPORT)

India’s U-19 team, coached by Rahul Dravid suffered a shocking 19-run defeat against Nepal in an Asia Cup match at Bayuemas Oval in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. (REPORT)

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested for the upcoming Test matches against Sri Lanka. The All-India Senior Selection Committee, in consultation with the Indian team management, has decided on the omission. (REPORT)

Siddhesh Lad's unbeaten 71 helped Mumbai earn a draw against Baroda on the final day of the Ranji Trophy. This, interestingly, is Mumbai's 500th Ranji Trophy match. (REPORT)

Pakistan and the West Indies have signed an agreement under which they will play a T20 series each year in Pakistan and the United States for the next five years. (REPORT)

Steven Finn has been ruled out of the Ashes after scans showed the England seamer has torn cartilage in his left knee. (REPORT)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni launched his first international cricket academy--MS Dhoni Cricket Academy--in Dubai. While inaugurating the academy, he also made it clear that he is not affected by any criticism.  (READ)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expectedly rejected the move by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to bring it under the latter’s jurisdiction for dope-testing in domestic cricket. (READ)

FOOTBALL

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic became the third Premier League manager to get the sack after a dismal start to the 2017-18 season. (REPORT)

Former Sunderland manager David Moyes was appointed as the new Hammers boss. (REPORT)

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale suffers a setback with another injury before his comeback. (REPORT)

ATK forward Robbie Keane is set to miss the firt week of the ISL - 4 after he suffered an injury to his left knee. (Report)

The Supreme Court of India has appointed former India football captain Bhaskar Ganguly as the ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF Constitution at the earliest. (REPORT)

Luka Modric's Croatia ensured qualification for the finals with a 4-1 aggregate win over Greece in the World Cup playoffs. (REPORT)

Switzerland qualified for the World Cup in Russia on the back of a controversial penalty against Northern Ireland in the playoffs. (REPORT)

Former world champion Italy suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Sweden in the World Cup first-leg playoff. Iatly is in the danger of missing out on the finals for the first time since 1958. (REPORT)

Morocco and Tunisia book World Cup tickets for the first time since 1998 and 2006 respectively. African giant Ivory Coast miss out. (REPORT)

Denmark and Republic of Ireland played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the World Cup playoff in Copenhagen. (REPORT)

Sergio Aguero moved past Diego Maradona in Argentina's all-time goal-scoring list with his winner against Russia in a friendly. (REPORT)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored his 30th international goal to move level with Paul Van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof on the top of the Red Devils' goal scoring chart. (REPORT)

Trans-Tasmanian rivals Australia and New Zealand were held to 0-0 draws in their World Cup playoffs against Honduras and Peru.

TENNIS

U.S.A lifted its 18th Fed Cup with a 3-2 win over Belarus. CoCo Vandeweghe notched three wins for the Americans. (REPORT)

South Korea's Hyeon Chung claimed the inaugural ATP Gen Next Finals trophy with a win over Andrey Rublev. (REPORT)

Roger Federer begans his quest for a first ATP World Tour Finals title since 2011 with a straight sets win over Jack Sock. (REPORT)

BOXING

In the 48 kg category, Mary Kom notched up her fifth gold medal at the Asian Women's Boxing Championships, winning a fiercely-contested summit clash. (REPORT)

MOTOR SPORTS

Sebastian Vettel bounced back from his world championship disappointment in fine style on Sunday when he won a sunlit Brazilian Grand Prix for Ferrari. (REPORT)

It is a good thing Lewis Hamilton has already wrapped up a fourth Formula One world title, as he crashed out of qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix before he had even set a time on Saturday. (REPORT)

In a shocking incident some Mercedes' team personnel were robbed at gunpoint after Friday's practice session at the Brazilian Grand Prix (REPORT)

Spain's Marc Marquez sealed his sixth world championship and fourth in the premier MotoGP category with third place at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on Sunday. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

India's Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore today assured the Indian women’s hockey team goalkeeper Savita Punia will end her nine-year wait for a job. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

In what looks like the end of N. Ramachandran's reign as IOA chief, majority of the members who attended the EC meeting in Chennai expressed unhappiness with his style of functioning. (REPORT)

The appointment of weightlifter N. Kunjarani Devi as a member of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) had a hint of irony following the revamp of the anti-doping panels by the Sports Ministry. (READ)

WRESTLING

Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has confirmed his participation in the National Wrestling Championship scheduled to take place in Indore from November 15 to 18. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

It was a battle royal in both men’s and women’s singles finals. And, H.S. Prannoy and Saina Nehwal defied all odds to script fantastic wins and clinch the titles defeating World No. 2s K. Srikanth and P.V. Sindhu respectively in the 82nd Senior National badminton championship at the Divisional Sports Complex in Nagpur. (REPORT)

Second-seeded H. S. Prannoy dished out a brilliant display of controlled aggression to down top seed and World No.2 Kidambi Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in 56 minutes to clinch his maiden title in the Senior national badminton championship at the Divisional Sports Complex. (READ)

Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has pulled out of the China Open Superseries due to a niggle but will be back in action after a week’s rest at the Hong Kong Super Series, where he will have the chance to reach the World No. 1 ranking. (READ)

BILLIARDS

Ace Indian cueist Pankaj Advani on Sunday clinched his 17th world title after he thrashed arch-rival Mike Russell of England in the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Doha. (REPORT)

SQUASH

India's national champion Saurav Ghosal beat Switzerland's Nicolas Mueller 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 to win the CCI International JSW Indian Squash Circuit at the CCI courts. The 31-year-old Ghosal took home a prize money of $ 7671. (REPORT)

BASKETBALL

Serbia's Zoran Visic will coach India men's basketball team for the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers which will be held next month. (REPORT)

Boston Celtics' Kyrie Irving could face a spell on the sidelines with a possible concussion symptom. (REPORT)

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