Weekly Digest: Karthik made KKR captain, Messi's 600th

Dinesh Karthik to lead KKR in IPL 2018 and Barcelona wins after Messi's 600th goal that made headlines in the week gone by.

After parting ways with Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years in the Indian Premier League, the franchise named Dinesh Karthik as its skipper.   -  Twitter @BLACKCAPS

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After parting ways with Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years in the Indian Premier League, the franchise named Dinesh Karthik as its skipper. (REPORT)

Calum MacLeod’s unbeaten 157 helped Scotland stun Afghanistan by seven wickets in the inaugural edition of the World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. (REPORT)

A target of 175 in 43 overs was always going to be tough to defend since India 'B' boasted of substance in its batting line-up and the end result was on predictable lines. Hanuma Vihari and the bowlers did their job to help India B win. (REPORT)

Venkatesh Prasad, the former India pacer, resigned as the chief of junior national selection panel within a month of the colts’ U-19 World Cup victory. On Sunday, he was named the bowling coach of Kings XI Punjab. (REPORT)

Australia is a wicket away from a win over South Africa in the first Test, with bad light thwarting them for the time being. (REPORT)

Indian women’s Twenty20 cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur joined the Punjab police as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), here on Thursday. (REPORT)

With no tangible action forthcoming from the Finance Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the matter related to the revision of contract and pay structure for the national team players, and for the domestic men and women cricketers, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) are determined to find a solution to the long-pending matter by themselves very soon. (REPORT)

Bangladesh suffered a major blow on Saturday as its skipper Shakib al Hasan was ruled out of the Nidahas Trophy. A day before leaving for Sri Lanka to play the tri-series, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to bring in stumper-batsman Liton Das as a replacement for Shakib. (REPORT)

A piece of history was made in New Zealand's Plunket Shield as two different players took hat-tricks on the same day for the first time in the competition's 112-year history. (REPORT)

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Anti-Corruption Tribunal banned Shahzaib Hasan for 12-months in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing case. (REPORT)

Karnataka got its act right when it mattered and stopped Saurashtra without ever being seriously threatened on way to claiming the Vijay Hazare Trophy in New Delhi on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Bangladesh named West Indies fast bowling great Courtney Walsh as interim coach for next month's Nidahas series in Sri Lanka. (REPORT)

Football:

EPL

Manchester City delivered another sublime show of attacking brilliance as Pep Guardiola's side marked the manager's 100th game in charge with a 3-0 demolition of hapless Arsenal. (Report)

Manchester City moved just four wins away from claiming the Premier League title as Bernardo Silva clinched a one-sided 1-0 victory over defending champions Chelsea. (Report)

Arsenal ended a difficult week in miserable fashion as they lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday. (Report)

La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo passed 300 LaLiga goals with a brace as Real Madrid warmed up for Tuesday's Champions League trip to Paris Saint-Germain by beating 10-man Getafe 3-1. (Report)

Barcelona took a giant stride towards regaining the title as Lionel Messi's 600th career goal earned a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in La Liga. (Report)

Bundesliga

Marco Reus' third goal in as many Bundesliga matches was enough to secure a point for Borussia Dortmund as it came from behind to draw 1-1 with RB Leipzig. (Report)

Indian Super League

Ferran Corominas struck twice as FC Goa blanked Jamshedpur FC 3-0 to seal a last-four spot in an eventful Indian Super League match. Goa became the fourth team after Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin FC and Pune City FC to make the playoffs. (Report)

I-league

Chennai City stunned table-topper Minerva Punjab 2-1 and take on Churchill Brothers in a must-win match to survive relegation. (Report)

BOXING

World youth bronze-medallist Naman Tanwar on Thursday upstaged Asian silver-medallist Sumit Sangwan in the heavyweight (91kg) category trials to strengthen his case for selection in India’s boxing squad for April’s Commonwealth Games. (REPORT)

SQUASH

India’s foreign coach Achraf El Karargui has flown back home in mysterious circumstances, raising doubts over his return with less than a month to go for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. (REPORT)

Saudi Arabia will participate in a World Team squash championship for the first time at the 2018 WSF men's world junior team championship in Chennai  in July. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

India wasted chances galore to settle for a 1-1 draw against England in the its second match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament here on Sunday. (REPORT)

After the historic Asia Cup victory in November 2017, the Indian women’s hockey team has set out for its first tour of the year, to Korea. The 20-member squad, led by Rani along with vice captain Sunita Lakra, on Friday left for Jinchun, Korea, where it will play a five-match series with the host, starting March 5. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

World record-holder Christian Coleman added the championship record to his growing list of achievements in winning the 60 meters at the World Indoor Championships.  (REPORT)

Top Indian javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang has been suspended provisionally by the world athletics governing body after he returned positive for a steroid in an out-of-competition test last week. (REPORT)

Record-breaking British athlete Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, has died aged 88, his family announced on Sunday. (REPORT)

CHESS

Grandmaster Musunuri Lalith Babu (2531) is on cloud nine for his recent achievement and the Twitterati is abuzz hailing his convincing victory over the current world champion Magnus Carlsen in an on-going online chess tournament – PROChessLeague, organised by USA-based www.chess.com. (REPORT)

Tennis:

Juan Martin del Potro continued his perfect record against Kevin Anderson, winning the Mexican Open final in Acapulco on Saturday. (Report)

Leander Paes had to be content with a runners-up finish at the Dubai Tennis Championships with Jamie Cerratani but the crucial 300 points is likely to help him leapfrog in the rankings ladder ahead of Davis Cup selection. (Report)

Roberto Bautista Agut denied Lucas Pouille a place in the world's top 10 for the first time by defeating him 6-3 6-4 in the Dubai Tennis Championships final. (Report)

Shooting:

Shahzar Rizvi clinched gold and Jitu Rai took bronze in 10m air pistol men's final at the ISSF World Cup. While, Mehuli Ghosh shot 228.4 to win bronze in the women's 10m air rifle event. (Report)

Golf:

George Coetzee regained a two-shot advantage over the course of the final round to win the Tshwane Open for the second time in his career. (Report)

Shubhankar Sharma moved ahead at the WGC-Mexico Championship after firing a five-under-par 66. The in-form Indian surged past a crowded leaderboard to grab a two-stroke lead after the second round. (Report)