Weekly digest: Barcelona wins 26th La Liga title, Delhi Capitals in Playoffs

Barcelona claimed its 26th La Liga title while Delhi Capitals booked a berth in IPL Playoffs after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore.

A win over Levante at Camp Nou gave Barcelona its 26th La Liga title.   -  AP Photo

Cricket:

Delhi Capitals ensured a spot in the Playoffs for the first time since 2012 with an emphatic 16-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Ferozeshah Kotla. (Full report)

Mumbai Indians batsman Hardik Pandya hammered the fastest fifty (off 17 balls) in this edition of the IPL, against the Kolkata Knight Riders. (Full report)

The IPL 2019 playoffs and final will begin at 7.30pm, instead of the usual 8pm start. Last year, the playoffs and the final began at 7pm. (Full report)

India great and junior coach Rahul Dravid will need to apply for the post of head coach at the National Cricket Academy after the BCCI on Saturday decided to invite fresh applications. (Full report)

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener, David Warner crossed the 600-run mark in the IPL for the third time. Warner achieved the landmark with a brace off Shreyas Gopal in the 10th over against the Rajasthan Royals. (Full report)

England has confirmed that Sam Billings will not take part in upcoming limited-overs matches against Ireland and Pakistan due to his shoulder injury. (Full report)

England batsman Alex Hales is serving a suspension for an 'off-field' incident reported to involve recreational drug use. (Full report)

All-rounder Shane Watson retired from Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League on Friday, but will continue playing select overseas tournaments. (Full report)

Sundaram Ravi will be the lone Indian umpire in the World Cup, which begins in England from May 30.  (Full report)

Dinesh Karthik bounced back to form in style by notching up his highest IPL score of 97 not out (50b, 7x4, 9x6) in Kolkata Knight Riders' match against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens. (Full report)

Jason Holder will lead West Indies in the 2019 World Cup as the squad will also have Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope and Kemar Roach. (Full report)

United States Cricket Team beat Hong Kong by 84 runs in Windhoek, Namibia in the WCL Division 2 to gain ODI status for the first time in its history. (Full report)

Football:

Chelsea ensured the race for a place in the Premier League's top four remains in itsn hands after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. (Full report)

Liverpool maintained its pursuit for a first League title in 29 years with a battling 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Cardiff City in the Premier League on Sunday. (Full report)

Paris Saint-Germain celebrated its title success with a Kylian Mbappe hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Monaco, while Neymar returned from injury. (Full report)

Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos announced the signing of Jerry Mawihmingthanga from Jamshedpur FC on Tuesday. (Full report)

Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to officiate a top-flight Ligue 1 match when she took the field for Amiens’ home match against Strasbourg. (Full report)

FIFA issued eight lifetime bans to current and former players and an agent after they were found guilty of match manipulation at international level. (Full report)

Hugo Boumous has signed a new three-year contract with FC Goa thus, becoming the first foreign player to sign a three-year deal in the ISL. (Full report)

Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich booked a place in the DFB-Pokal final with a 3-2 win at Werder Bremen, surviving a stirring second-half fightback. (Full report)

Second-half goals form Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane gave Manchester City a 2-0 derby triumph over Manchester United as Pep Guardiola's men edged back ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League title race. (Full report)

The European Club Association hinted at major changes in the Champions League which it would hold a special general assembly in June to discuss. (Full report)

A Swiss oversight body said that it has opened an preliminary inquiry into a reportedly undisclosed meeting between the country's top prosecutor and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. (Full Report)

Real Madrid is without a win in three La Liga matches away after being held to a goalless draw by Getafe.(Full Report)

Romania's Doru Isac has been appointed as the new technical director for the Indian football team on Friday. (Full Report)

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored twice after Naby Keita's rapid opener as Liverpool thumped Huddersfield Town 5-0 to move back to the top of the Premier League table. (Full Report)

Nine-man Borussia Dortmund collapsed to a 4-2 defeat to bitter rival Schalke, leaving Bayern Munich as the strong favourite to win a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. (Full Report)

Atletico Madrid kept its La Liga title challenge alive for a little while longer with a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid at the Wanda Metropolitano. (Full Report)

Barcelona wrapped up its 26th La Liga title as Lionel Messi came off the bench to score the winner in a 1-0 victory over Levante on Saturday. (Full Report)

Paris Saint-Germain lost the Coupe de France final to Rennes on penalties after regulation time ended 2-2, while Kylian Mbappe was shown a straight red card. (Full Report)

Ten-man Arsenal slipped to a third consecutive Premier League loss as Jamie Vardy's late brace sealed Leicester City's 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium. (Full Report)

Sergio Aguero's strike in a 1-0 win at Burnley moved Manchester City back above Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday. (Full Report)

Tennis:

Dominic Thiem clinched a fourth clay-court win over Rafael Nadal to reach the Barcelona Open final at the expense of the world number two. (Full report)

Petra Kvitova will face Anett Kontaveit in the Stuttgart Open final after blowing Kiki Bertens away in the deciding set. (Full report)

World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the WTA tournament in Stuttgart due to an abdominal injury. (Full report)

Andy Murray is "pain free" but feels no pressure to resume his tennis career three months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery. (Full report)

Other sports:

Mercedes became the first team to start a Formula One season with four successive one-twos after Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton home at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday. (Full report)

Akane Yamaguchi became the first Japanese to win the Badminton Asia Championships women's title with an emphatic victory over China's He Bingjiao. (Full report)

China's Liu Shiwen bagged the women’s singles gold with a 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6,11-9 victory over compatriot and world No.3 Chen Meng, in the World individual table tennis championships. (Full report)

Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik and Asian Games champion Vinesh Phogat settled for a bronze each as Indian women ended their campaign without a gold medal in the Asian Wrestling Championships. (Full report)

P.U. Chitra bagged gold in the 1500m event as India finished its campaign at the Asian Athletics Championships with 17 medals. (Full report)

India drew blank on the final day but still topped the chart for the second consecutive ISSF World Cup, third time in two years, by bagging three gold and a silver at the Beijing edition of the Rifle/Pistol event. (Full report)