The week began with India losing the Cape Town Test by 72 runs, with the twin batting failures costing Virat Kohli and co. big time. ( REPORT )

The twelfth edition of the ICC U-19 World Cup got underway in New Zealand and, while the senior men's team suffered an inexplicable defeat, the colts, led by the prodigious Prithvi Shaw got its campaign off to an emphatic start with a 100-run victory. ( REPORT )

England won the ODI series opener against Australia by five wickets at the MCG, with Jason Roy scoring a majestic, record-breaking 180. ( REPORT )

Angelo Mathews, barely six months after relinquishing captaincy, took over as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain, replacing Thisara Perera and Upul Tharanga as the men who led the Lankan Lions recently. ( FULL STORY )


The headline result in the world of football came from Anfield, which witnessed Liverpool bring Man City's 30-match unbeaten Premier League run to an end, courtesy a nail-biting 4-3 win. ( REPORT )

Real Madrid suffered a shock and unfortunate (if you want to call it) defeat at home to Villarreal in La Liga, thereby falling 16 points behind Barcelona. ( REPORT )

Elsewhere, Chelsea played out two successive 0-0 draws (in the EFL Cup and Premier League), while its derby rival Arsenal suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. ( REPORT )

Bayern Munich opened up a 14-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen away from home. ( REPORT )

Chennaiyin FC registered a 1-0 win over FC Pune City in a tight encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai ( REPORT ), while Kerala Blasters also eked out a 1-0 win, as the visitor at Mumbai City FC, both the results coming on successive days at the weekend ( REPORT ).


In a big news for Indian tennis, Yuki Bhambri qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open 2018 by coming through three qualification matches, the last of which against Peter Polansky. ( REPORT )

Angelique Kerber beat Ashleigh Barty to secure the Sydney International, prior to the year's first major. ( REPORT )


Among the major sports news was Hyderabad Hunters winning its maiden PBL title, by beating the Bengaluru Blasters in the final of the third season of Premier Badminton League. Led by Carolina Marin, the Hunters won the final 4-3 in front of the home crowd in Hyderabad. ( FULL STORY )


Pankaj Advani and Dhvaj Haria progressed to the final of the senior national men's billiards tournament, which is being played at the Karnataka State Billiards Association (KSBA). ( REPORT )


India's C. S. Santosh was placed 39th at the end of the seventh stage of Dakar Rally, for an overall ranking of 40. ( REPORT )

Harith Noah won both the races in the Foreign Open Class, on Sunday, overcoming issues with his bike along the way. ( REPORT )


Arkadij Naiditsch edged closer to winning the Delhi International Chess tournament by beating M. Karthikeyan, needing just 29 moves to secure this victory. ( REPORT )