Weekly digest: India wins Blind World Cup, Nadals part ways

Highlights of the week's sporting action from across the world.

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Alastair Cook played as captain for 59 Tests, an English record.   -  Getty Images

Cricket

India > defeated Pakistan by nine wickets to clinch the World Cup for the Blind, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The target of 198 was eclipsed without much fuss, the chase led by Prakasha Jayaramaiah, who scored an unbeaten 99.

Alastair Cook > stepped down as England's Test captain, having held the job for 59 Tests, the most by any England player. "Stepping down has been an incredibly hard decision but I know this is the correct decision for me and at the right time for the team," he said.

Ravichandran Ashwin > became the fastest player in the world to take 250 Test wickets, on the fourth day of the one-off Test between India and Bangladesh.

Pakistan Cricket Board > suspended Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif from the ongoing Pakistan Super League after it was found that the players had suspicious links with an international betting syndicate. Former batsman Javed Miandad said the latest corruption scandal > damaged the image of Pakistan cricket.

South Africa > completed a 5-0 One-Day International series win over Sri Lanka in Centurion and thereby > climbed to the top of the ICC ODI team rankings, toppling Australia.

Football

Liverpool defeated Tottenham in Anfield on Saturday but leader Chelsea also stumbled, held to a > 1-1 draw with Burnley. Arsenal and Manchester United won their respective games against > Hull City and > Watford respectively.

Manchester United > became the first team to win 2000 English Premier League points. It may also become the first to register 600 wins in the Premier League era if it wins its match against Bournemouth on March 4.

17 football fans > were killed in a stampede at a stadium in Angola, and many more injured. This happened at a match in the town of Uige between Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in Angola's domestic league season.

Barcelona > defeated Alaves 6-0 but Real Madrid was back to the top of the La Liga table with a > 3-1 win over Osasuna.

East Bengal and Mohun Bagan played out a > tame draw in their I-League tie in Siliguri. In other matches, Aizawl FC > beat Churchill Brothers, DSK Shivajians > beat Shillong Lajong, Minerva Punjab FC > drew with Bengaluru FC and Chennai City FC > defeated Mumbai FC.

Tennis

Toni Nadal has said > he will not accompany Rafael Nadal on tour, and that he will solely focus on the Rafa's tennis academy.

Maria Sharapova, soon after completing her 15 months away from tennis - as was required following a doping confession - was > given a wildcard for the Madrid Open in April.

Roger Federer > will play his first match in Scotland in a charity match against Andy Murray in Glasgow. The funds raised will be shared equally between the United Nations' children's fund, the UNICEF, and as yet unnamed local Scottish charity group.

Canada's Denis Shapovalov > struck the umpire near the eye with a ball and was thereby disqualified, in a Davis Cup tie against Britain. The umpire said he was lucky not to sustain a serious injury. Shapovalov was fined USD 7000.

More Sports

Russia's Mariya Savinova was > stripped of her 800m gold medal she won at the London Olympics in 2012, for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Tiger Woods > pulled out of two PGA Tour events due to a back spasm.

The world athletics body, the IAAF, upheld ban on Russia following a council meeting in Monaco. Its president Sebastian Coe said Russia should not expect "full reinstatement" before November.

Korea > topped the medals tally in the Asian Track Cycling Championship in New Delhi.