Weekly digest (Jan 21-27): From Djoker's record seventh Aus Open title to India's Kiwi sojourn

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the last seven days.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in the men's lockeroom after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Australian Open.   -  ap

Cricket

India dished out a dominating performance to crush New Zealand by 90 runs as spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal yet again tormented the home batsmen in the second ODI on Saturday. (REPORT)

All-rounder Roston Chase tore through fragile England in Barbados to secure one of West Indies' most emphatic Test victories. (REPORT)

Usman Shinwari and Imam-ul-Haq starred as Pakistan set up an ODI series decider against South Africa thanks to Sunday's eight-wicket win. (REPORT)

Krunal Pandya's all-round performance helped India A beat England Lions by 60 runs. (REPORT)

Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, will miss two ODIs and two T20Is against South Africa for violating the anti-racism code of the International Cricket Council. (REPORT)

Rahul Dravid, the India-A coach, shares his thoughts on grooming young cricketers, after the recent controversy involving Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul. (REPORT)

Nepal batsman Rohit Paudel became the youngest male cricketer to score an international fifty on Saturday at the age of 16 years and 146 days, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's previous mark. (REPORT)

Kerala suffered an inexplicable collapse from 59/1 to 91 all out to cede the semifinal to Vidarbha by an innings and 11 runs at the Krishnagiri stadium on Friday. (REPORT)

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) announced that Hardik Pandya will travel to New Zealand to join the Indian team for the ongoing limited-overs series. This comes after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) lifted the suspensions on Pandya and Rahul over their remarks in a television show. (REPORT)

Football

Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund beat Hannover 5-1 to extend its lead at the top of Bundesliga. Marco Reus, Achraf Hakimi, Raphael Guerreiro, Axel Witsel, and Mario Gotze were the goal-scorers. (REPORT)

Leon Goretzka's brace helped Bayern Munich trim Borussia Dortmund's lead to six points with a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim. (REPORT)

Premier League

Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 in the fourth round of the FA Cup, with goals from Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Anthony Martial. (REPORT)

Manchester City ran out a comfortable winner against Burnley in the same round of the FA Cup. Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, and Sergio Aguero were the goal-scorers, while City's fourth was an own-goal by Kevin Long. (REPORT)

West Ham United was dumped out of the FA Cup by AFC Wimbledon, which won 4-2. (REPORT)

Gonzalo Higuain completed a six-month loan move to Chelsea Thursday, reuniting with Maurizio Sarri, who he played during at Napoli. (REPORT)

LaLiga

Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba   -  Getty Images

 

Kevin-Prince Boateng completed a six-month loan deal to Barcelona in the same week it completed the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.

Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez sealed a comfortable win over Getafe in the Spanish top-flight. (REPORT)

Barcelona beat Girona 2-0 with goals from Nelson Semedo and Lionel Messi. (REPORT)

I-League

East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 in Sunday's Kolkata derby and completed the double over its fierce rival, thanks to goals from Jaime Santos and Jobby Justin. (REPORT)

ISL

Kerala Blasters managed a share of the spoils thanks to a Gerson Vieira own goal, which cancelled out Edu Garcia's 85th-minute goal when ISL returned after a month-long break. (REPORT)

Bartholomew Ogbechche's 87th-minute strike sealed a 1-0 win for Northeast United FC over struggling Chennaiyin FC. (REPORT)

Mumbai City FC moved level on points with Bengaluru FC and brought an end to BFC's unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory at home. Paulo Machado scored what proved to be the winning goal. (REPORT)

Tennis

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic   -  Getty Images

 

An imperious Novak Djokovic won a record magnificent seventh Australian Open title by routing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday with a display of flawless tennis. (REPORT)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka battled past Czech eighth seed Petra Kvitova 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-4 to win her first Australian Open crown Saturday and become the new world No. 1. (REPORT)

It’s time that India starts talking about singles than relishing the doubles Grand Slam titles, says Mahesh Bhupathi, who reckons that the game of tennis, for an exciting future in country, needs at least 10 singles players in top-100. (REPORT)

Doordarshan will now telecast live India’s upcoming Davis Cup tie against Italy, after the parent body AITA moved court against the national broadcasters. (REPORT)

Mahak Jain won the women’s under-21 title at the Khelo India Youth Games. (REPORT)

The dramatic scenes at last year's US Open did not leave Patrick Mouratoglou fearful that he would lose his role as Serena Williams' coach. (REPORT)

Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova will not play in the first-round Fed Cup tie as the Czech Republic faces Romania on February 9-10, Czech media said Sunday, quoting her manager. (REPORT)

Badminton

Saina Nehwal won the Indonesia Masters 2019 after Carolina Marin limped out injured. (File Photo)   -  AFP Photo

 

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two years after three-time world champion Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the Indonesia Masters final due to knee injury. (REPORT)

Golf

Bryson DeChambeau romped to victory at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, setting a new tournament record of 24 under par. (REPORT)

Chess

Padma Shri awardee Dronavalli Harika says she's still chasing the dream of becoming world no 1 and world champion. Read on to know more.

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