Weekly Digest: England's first WC semifinal since 1990, and the Dhoni 500

England reached the World Cup semifinal for the first time since 1990 as Harry Maguire and Dele Alli struck either side of the interval to beat Sweden, while elsewhere, M.S. Dhoni became the third India cricketer to play 500 international matches.

France takes on Belgium in the first semifinal and Croatia meets England in the second.   -  AP

CRICKET

 

Dhoni becomes the third Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509) to breach the 500 match barrier in international cricket. (Report)

Rohit Sharma’s elegant unbeaten century made it a walk in the park for India as it cruised to a seven-wicket victory against England to clinch the three-match T20 International series 2-1, here, on Sunday. (Report)

Rohit Sharma - with his three T20I hundreds - joined New Zealand's Colin Munro as the leading century-maker in the format. (Report)

Toeing the lines of the national team — which has made the Yo-Yo test as the main parameter for selection — Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s home state, Jharkhand, has also made the test compulsory for all its players across age groups. (Report)

The Law Commission of India on Thursday submitted a report to the government, saying that since it is impossible to stop illegal gambling, the only viable option left is to “regulate” gambling in sports.. (Report)

The Supreme Court has reserved its order finalising the Constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while prima facie indicating that it may modify some of the key recommendations of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee to reform cricket administration in the country. (Report)

The indications from the Supreme Court on Thursday that some of the Lodha reforms would be diluted have left Justice (Retd.) R.M. Lodha “disappointed.” (Report)

Following Friday’s TNCA mail to the CoA regarding outstation players participating in the TNPL, the latter has sent a mail (on Saturday) to the TNCA and other BCCI members, reiterating its position mentioned in the two previous communications. (Report)

Richard Symmonds — a vending machine supervisor in Harrogate — made it to the history books, playing an unbeaten knock of 343 against Darley 2nd XI in a local match last Saturday. Sportstar brings you his story. (Interview)

Refuting all claims of softening of bans on former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner for their involvement in ball tampering in the Cape Town Test, Cricket Australia dismissed the reports as “purely speculative”. (Report)

Kapil Pandey, the coach of India chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, reveals how he trained his lad ahead of the England tour. (Interview)

FOOTBALL

Harry Maguire celebrates his goal   -  Getty Images

 

Spain will be seeking a new head coach after the RFEF confirmed Fernando Hierro will not be staying in the post after Russia 2018. (Report)

A stunning strike from Kevin de Bruyne and a Fernandinho own-goal steered Belgium to a 2-1 win over Brazil in their FIFA World Cup quarterfinal clash. (Report)

France moved into the semifinals of the World Cup with a remarkably straightforward defeat of a subdued Uruguay on Friday. (Report)

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored for England in an easy 2-0 win against Sweden to enter the semifinals. (Report)

Croatia reached the World Cup semifinals for the second time in its history with Ivan Rakitic again the hero in a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Russia. (Report)

The world's most expensive footballer, Neymar, continues to be a divisive genius. He has come in for a lot of flak during the FIFA World Cup 2018 for his diving theatrics.

Video Assistant Referees, an extra set of eyes – 35 in case of this FIFA World Cup – a common feature across the Bundesliga and Serie A for some years, have made their World Cup debut in Russia.(Report)

The biggest legacy of the 2018 World Cup could well be the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee system. There are critics, yes, but there are many who feel football is much better for it. Like former India captain I.M. Vijayan. (Report)

Juventus icon Gianluigi Buffon has agreed to prolong his career by joining Paris Saint-Germain.(Report)

Reports linking Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus have led the Italian giant to release a statement. (Report)

TENNIS

 

Rafael Nadal put Alex de Minaur firmly in his place with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday. (Report)

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic silenced a raucous Centre Court crowd as he came back to beat home favourite Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday. (Report)

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Benoit Paire 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3 on Court Two to reach the Wimbledon fourth round for the fourth time on Saturday. (Report)

Women's top seed Simona Halep crashed out in the third round of Wimbledon on Saturday when she was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 by Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. (Report)

Alexander Zverev suffered the indignity of being bagelled in the final set on Court No.1 as world number 138 Gulbis triumphed 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 5-7 6-3 6-0. (Report)

The duo of Divij Sharan and Artem Sitak  beat Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the men’s double event in the Wimbledon here on Saturday. (Report)

Rohan Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin crashed out of the Wimbledon Championships after they retired mid-way from their second round contest against Frederik Nielsen Joe Salisbury on Friday. (Report)

MORE SPORTS

Colombia's Fernando Gaviria, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium after winning the first stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race.   -  afp

 

Colombian Fernando Gaviria snatched the lead of the Tour de France when he won the opening stage as favourites Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana were involved in separate incidents and lost time on Saturday. (Report)

Sebastian Vettel won an incident-packed British Grand Prix to pull eight points clear in the Formula One drivers' standings, as championship rival Lewis Hamilton recovered brilliantly from an opening-lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen to finish second. (Report)

Kevin Durant will remain with the Golden State Warriors after signing a new contract with the NBA champions. (Report)

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) on Tuesday announced a 524-member contingent of athletes for the August 18-September 2 Asian Games in Indonesia where they will vie for medals in 36 disciplines. (Report)

The Indian Olympic Association dropped the entire triathlon team - ahead of the Asian Games - for furnishing “misleading information” by the national federation. (Report)

Rani will lead the Indian women's hockey team at the Asian Games in Indonesia next month, it was announced. (Report)

The Indian High Commission has finally issued visas to the Pakistan squash contingent, allowing the team to participate in World Junior Squash Championships to be held in Chennai from July 17 to 29. (Report)

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