Weekly Digest (Feb. 5-11): Winter Olympics to Man City's title stroll

Manchester City has established a yawning gap between itself and the nearest challenger; the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics kicked off in style.

Fireworks go off outside the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium.   -  AFP

CRICKET

South Africa maintained its unbeaten run in 'PINK ODIs' to six matches as it defeated India in a rain curtailed match to stay in the hunt in the six-match ODI series. The scoreline currently stands at 3-1. (REPORT)

Rangana Herath became the leading left-arm wicket-taking bowler in the world with 415 Test wickets and in the process spun Bangladesh to a homes series defeat at Mirpur. (REPORT)

The Australian leg of the Trans-Tasman T20 series ended with three wins for the home side with Glenn Maxwell shining with the bat. (REPORT)

MS Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper to be involved in 400 dismissal in ODI history during India's win over South Africa in Cape Town. (REPORT)

Defending champion Tamil Nadu crashed out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament after a fourth straight loss in the group stages. (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has cautioned the BCCI that unless the Indian government allows full tax exemption, the ICC Champions Trophy 2021 will be taken away from BCCI (India). (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council announced that PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the ICC Board as the organization’s first independent female director. (REPORT)

The International Cricket Council said there was no evidence of corruption during the third Ashes Test last December, contradicting claims made by a British tabloid following a sting operation. (REPORT)

India women beat South Africa by 178 runs to clinch the three-match ODI series, which is the first-round fixture of the ICC Women's Championship. (REPORT)

The West Indies will host its first ever day-night Test when Sri Lanka tour the Caribbean in June. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Newcastle United registered its first home win since October 2017 against Manchester United, who now trails Manchester by 16 points. (REPORT)

Liverpool moved to within two points of Manchester United thanks to a 2-0 win at Southampton - Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino starring. (REPORT)

Reigning I-League champion Aizawl FC claimed the All India Football Federation owed the club Rs. 57 lakhs towards outstanding dues since the 2015-16 season. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid hit form ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain, demolishing Real Sociedad 5-2. (REPORT)

Riyad Mahrez returned to Leicester City action, but he was helpless as Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero inspired Manchester City's 5-1 win. (REPORT)

Tottenham's top-four hopes were given a huge boost as they claimed a derby win over Arsenal at Wembley. (REPORT)

Maurizio Sarri's side had been temporarily replaced as leaders courtesy of Juventus' 2-0 win over Fiorentina 24 hours earlier, but bounced back from falling behind after just three minutes on Saturday to reclaim top spot with its eighth league win in succession. (REPORT)

Despite Franco Di Santo's sweetly struck goal, Schalke came up short against runaway Bundesliga leader Bayern Munich on Saturday. (REPORT)

Bengaluru FC became the first team to secure its berth in the Indian Super League play-offs with a convincing 2-0 triumph over FC Goa at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. (REPORT)

Barcelona reached the Copa del Rey final for a fifth year in a row thanks to Philippe Coutinho's first goal for the club against Valencia. (REPORT)

Erik Lamela scored his first goal since 2016 as Tottenham saw off Newport County in its FA Cup fourth-round replay. (REPORT)

Local boy Bali Gagandeep turned by scoring twice which took Minerva to the top of the table against Shillong Lajong in the I-League. (REPORT)

Indian national football coach Stephen Constantine is expected to be at the helm till the AFC Asian Cup 2019, as per recommendation by the AIFF Technical Committee. (REPORT)

KHELO INDIA GAMES

Children from humble background shine in Khelo India Games. Out of the 3507 participants in the sports ministry’s ambitious KISG, which concluded recently, there emerged multiple success stories of the children who have struggled in life but were determined to succeed. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

India gets easy draw in mixed badminton team event of Commonwealth Games. Neighbours Pakistan and Sri Lanka are in the same group as India, with a European nation completing the group. (REPORT)

Indonesia beats China to clinch Asia Team title. The defending champion carved out a 3-1 victory. (REPORT)

India still a minnow in elite team championships: India may have qualified for the Uber Cup despite failing in the quarterfinals of Asian Team Badminton Championships, but the gap between Sindhu, Saina and the rest is far too wide for India to make a mark in the World Team Championship. India has the firepower in men’s singles and doubles to pose a challenge in Thomas Cup, but fitness is a major concern. (REPORT)

WINTER OLYMPICS

Shiva Keshavan ends his sixth Olympics in 34th spot: With only the top-20 lugers in the fourth and final run, Keshavan finished the Winter Games in the 34th position, the place he finished at the end of the third run. (REPORT)

Joint Olympic team makes history for two Koreas. Most South Korean fans were fixated on the ice hockey, where the combined North and South women’s team appeared at a packed Kwandong Hockey Centre. (REPORT)

From big air to mixed curling — four new Olympic events. Spectacular jumps and spins will be on display, Alpine team competition will feature two men and two women from 16 nations in head-to-head giant slalom runs on a course that demands short and rapid turns.

TENNIS

Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua put Australia into the Fed Cup World Group play-offs with victory in the deciding doubles over Ukraine. (REPORT)

Karman Kaur Thandi and Ankita Raina won their singles ties to ensure India retained its place in the Asia-Oceania group-1 of the Fed Cup. (REPORT)

The Tamil Nadu Tennis Association is looking to host two more Challenger tournaments in 2018, and has also bid host a Davis Cup tie. (REPORT)

SQUASH

Ghosal brings down Mueller in a thriller for title. The 31-year-old top seed, won five points in a row to be on match ball at 10-8, but Mueller won two points to keep the spectators on the edge of their seats. (REPORT)

India-England announce squash partnership. England Squash and the SRFI will share expertise in sport science and sports medicine. (REPORT)

GOLF

Sharmila Nicollet becomes first Indian to qualify for China LPGA Tour. The 26-year-old Bengaluru golfer fought her way back into the tournament in the last two rounds to earn a card for the Tour, which had Women’s World rankings points also. (REPORT)

BASKETBALL

Three Indians figure in NBA global camp. While Sejin Mathew and Princepal Singh are the Indians in the boys’ list, Pushpa is the lone representative from the country in the girls’ section. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Hockey India has named 33 players for national camp ahead of CWG, Azlan Shah tournaments. It is a crucial year for the men’s team with major events lined up starting with the prestigious 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2018 between March 3 to March 10. (REPORT)

PARE-GAMES ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Indian para-cyclists win silver, 2 bronze at Asian Championships. 2017’s silver medallist and Bangalore resident Divij Shah led India’s charge in the para-cycling category winning yet another silver, while BSF soldier Harinder Singh bagged the bronze. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

F1 to replace grid girls with grid kids. Grid girls are a thing of the past in F1, but the 2018 season will feature grid kids selected from karting and junior formulae. (REPORT)