Weekly Digest: Kohli’s sixth double ton, and Woods’ comeback

Headlines from the world of sport in the week gone by.

Virat Kohli went past Brian Lara’s tally of six double hundreds.   -  PTI

Cricket

Virat Kohli struck his second double-century of the series and the sixth of his career in the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla. He became the first captain to achieve this feat in Tests, going past Brian Lara (five). [Report]

The second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka was briefly interrupted due to air pollution. Sri Lanka’s players came out after lunch wearing masks to protest against the unhealthy air. After a 20-minute pause, the match resumed. [Report]

According to Sri Lanka’s U-19 team coach and former batsman Rumesh Ratnayake, the senior team is going through a transition period, and it needs backing and experience to flower into a better side. [Report]

Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw has been chosen to lead India in the upcoming U-19 World Cup. [Report]

The Committee of Administrators held a meeting with the Indian team management, represented by Virat Kohli, M. S. Dhoni and Ravi Shastri, to discuss issues pertaining to the Future Tours Programme, player retainership policy, and the player retainership fee. According to Vinod Rai, the discussions were “fruitful.” [Report]

Australia took a 1-0 lead in the Ashes, defeating England at Perth in the first Test by 10 wickets. Mitchell Starc took six wickets in the match, while his pace counterpart Josh Hazlewood pitched in with four, and off-spinner Nathan Lyon contributed with five wickets. Steve Smith’s crucial century in the first innings helped Australia stay level with its opponent after the first innings, before England was dismissed for 195 in the second dig, signalling a decisive shift in momentum. [Report]

Mumbai’s Shardul Thakur is ruled out of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy quarterfinal tie against Karnataka due to injury. [Report]

Tennis

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has said Radek Stepanek was joining his coaching team to complement Andre Agassi. [Report]

Stan Wawrinka is aiming to compete at the Australian Open in January even if he is still short of full fitness. [Report]

Hockey

India went down 3-2 against England in a scrappy Hockey World League Finals Pool B match. [Report]

Host India began its campaign in the Hockey World League Finals with a 1-1 draw against defending champion Australia. [Report]

Badminton

In an exciting 37-minute women’s final, Ruthvika Shivani Gadde got the better of a very crafty Riya Mukerjee in straight games to the women's title at the Tata Open India International badminton. [Report]

Golf

Tiger Woods made a comeback to golf at the Hero World Challenge at Albany. By Sunday, Woods was out of the title race, with Charley Hoffman taking the lead. [Report]

Motorsport

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne says the threat that the Italian team could leave Formula One is a “serious” one. Marchionne is unhappy with the sport’s proposed 2021 engine rules, which were revealed at the end of October, and has said that Ferrari could leave F1. [Report]

Squash

After losing to New Zealand for the sixth place earlier, the Indians geared up and defeated Scotland 2-1 to finish seventh at the WSF World men's team squash championship on Sunday. (Report)

Football

EPL

Manchester City extended its Premier League winning run to 13 matches as David Silva celebrated a new contract with the decisive goal. (Report)

A stunning counter-attacking Liverpool performance was enough to beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday as Roberto Firmino starred with a a brace. (Report)

Manchester United blitzed Arsenal with two quick-fire goals in a breathless encounter to close the gap on Manchester City on Saturday. (Report)

LaLiga

Real Madrid had Sergio Ramos sent off late on and wasted a chance to gain ground in the LaLiga title race with a frustrating 0-0 draw against struggling Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Saturday. (Report)

Barcelona dropped points at home in La Liga for the first time since December 2016 on Saturday, as Celta Vigo left Camp Nou with a battling 2-2 draw thanks to Maxi Gomez's equaliser. (Report)

Antoine Griezmann scored a dramatic winner with two minutes remaining as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 2-1 comeback victory over Real Sociedad. (Report)

Bundesliga

Robert Lewandowski became the first Bayern Munich to score in all of its first seven home Bundesliga games as it took a six-point lead at the top with a 3-1 win over Hannover. (Report)

Indian football

Kingsley Eze nodded home a set-piece late in the first half to produce the only goal of the match that helped Mohun Bagan pull up a solitary goal win against traditional rival East Bengal in a I-League fixture here at the Salt Lake Stadium on Sunday. (Report)

Kerala Blasters’ long wait for its first goal of this season was finally over on Sunday night as it played a1-1 draw with Mumbai City FC. (Report)

Henrique Sereno rose above the FC Pune City defence to score a towering match-winning header for Chennaiyin FC in the 82nd minute, as the visiting side earned a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Balewadi stadium on Sunday. (Report)

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