Weekly Digest: Lakshya Sen's title win, and Zaman's double ton

A look at the headlines in the world of sport in the week gone by.

Lakshya Sen clinched the Junior Asia Badminton Championship title on Sunday. Photo: G. P. Sampath Kumar

Cricket

Four captains of international cricket teams reported approaches to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) between June 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, International Cricket Council has revealed.

In its annual report, the ICC mentioned that it conducted 18 investigations between June 2017 and May 2018, 17 of which were launched after the arrival of ACU General Manager Alex Marshall on September 1 last year. (REPORT)

The Indian domestic cricket calendar is set to witness major changes this season. Moving away from the traditional format where Ranji Trophy is played first, followed by the limited overs tournaments, the Board of Control for Cricket in India — it has been learnt — has decided to conduct the Vijay Hazare Trophy first. (REPORT)

Fakhar Zaman became the first Pakistan player to hit a double century in one-day internationals, racing to 210 not out in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe. Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by 244 runs in Bulawayo to go 4-0 up in their five-match one-day series. He also became the fastest to reach 1000 ODI runs. (REPORT)

Wriddhiman Saha will undergo a surgery on his shoulder in Manchester at the end of July or beginning of August, the BCCI said on Saturday, posting a timeline on its website which, instead of serving the intended purpose, ended up raising more questions about how the NCA had allegedly ‘bungled his rehabilitation’. (REPORT)

Sri Lanka closed in on a series whitewash against South Africa on Sunday, leaving the visitors five down and with a mountain to climb on the third day of the second Test. By stumps, Sri Lanka's spinners had ripped their way through the Proteas batsmen yet again to leave them reeling on 139 for 5 in pursuit of an improbable 490 in Colombo. (REPORT)

It is his dream to ensure that talented Indian boys get state-of-the-art training facilities and Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy (TMGA) is a giant step towards realising that. The TMGA is planning to have its centres across various countries including one in Tendulkar’s home city Mumbai. (REPORT)

Despite England’s fading discomfort in tackling Kuldeep Yadav, Sachin Tendulkar believes the wrist-spinner could be potent in the upcoming Test series. (REPORT)

Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, made his much-anticipated international debut on Tuesday, when India U-19s took on Sri Lanka U-19s in a Youth 'Test' in Colombo. The team produced a fine all-round performance to thump the Sri Lankans by an innings and 21 runs. (REPORT)

Sri Lanka’s picturesque Galle cricket stadium could be demolished because its pavilion stand violated heritage laws protecting a 17th century Dutch fort, the government said on Friday.Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe told parliament the fort risked loosing UNESCO World Heritage status because of unauthorised construction, including the 500-seat pavilion. (REPORT)

England Lions handed India A a 254-run defeat on Day Four (on Thursday) in the one-off unofficial Test in Worcester, exposing its batsmen’s vulnerability against the red ball in English conditions. Resuming at 11 for 3 at stumps on Day Three, India A folded up for 167 in 44 overs. (REPORT)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has asked former India international Ramesh Powar to take charge as the interim coach of India's women's team coach. This comes after Tushar Arothe resigned from the job due to differences with some of the players. (REPORT)

Football

Premier League

Alisson Becker became the most expensive goalkeeper in history, having been signed by Liverpool from Roma for £66.8m. Brazil's first-choice goalkeeper, Alisson will now become Liverpool's No. 1 goalkeeper, overtaking Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet in the pecking order.  Liverpool also sold goalkeeper Danny Ward to Leicester City upon Alisson's arrival. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart spoke embracing the fact that he might have to leave the club where he won two Premier League titles to revive his career. (REPORT)

Alexis Sanchez joined Manchester United in the USA after visa issues had forced him to train on his own while the rest of the tour squad departed. (REPORT)

Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela renewed their contracts with Tottenham Hotspur, the South Korean signing a new five-year contract and Lamela signing a four-year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2022. (REPORT)

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain were also involved in a pre-season friendly against each other. (REPORT)

La Liga

Clement Lenglet, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla in the summer, said that he is happy to be playing with Lionel Messi and not against him. (REPORT

Former Barcelona midfield maestro Andres Iniesta made his Vissel Kobe debut, which, however, came in a 3-0 defeat to Shonan Bellmare. (REPORT)

International

France manager Didier Deschamps said three of his players (Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane) should be in the running for the Ballon d'Or Award having won the second World Cup for their nation. (REPORT)

Indian football

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) condemned Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) decision to deny the national football teams the permission to participate in the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta. (REPORT)

Sunil Chhetri and Kamala Devi won the Men's and Women's AIFF Player of the Year Awards. Anirudh Thapa, Chennaiyin FC midfielder, won the Emerging Player of the Year Award. (REPORT)

Melbourne City captain, Scott Jameison spoke of the Toyota Yaris La Liga World Pre-season Tournament being a wonderful opportunity to play against Kerala Blasters and Girona FC from the Indian Super League and Spanish La Liga respectively. (REPORT)

Kerala Blasters manager, David James, said that he will treat this tournament as a pre-season tourney to prepare for the upcoming ISL season. (REPORT)

Anas Edathodika said on Sunday he is excited to be playing for Kerala Blasters in the  Toyota Yaris La Liga World Pre-season Tournament. (REPORT)  

FC Goa completed the signing of Senegalese international Mourtada Fall. (REPORT)

Tennis

Third seeded Steve Johnson defeated first time finalist Ramkumar Ramanathan of India 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 to capture the ATP Tour's Newport tournament on Sunday. (REPORT)

Fabio Fognini claimed a second title of 2018 after seeing off Richard Gasquet in the Swedish Open final on Sunday. (REPORT)

A leg injury ended the best showing in 18 months by Eugenie Bouchard, who quit her Saturday semifinal at Gstaad trailing Alize Cornet 7-6 (7/5), 1-0. (REPORT)

Prize money at this year's US Open will rise to a record-breaking $53million, tournament organisers have announced.Both the men's and women's singles champions will receive $3.8m, which is up $100,000 from last year and sets a new high for the Grand Slam event. (REPORT)

Badminton

Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned reigning world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in straight games to become only the third Indian player to clinch a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championships in Jakarta on Sunday. (REPORT)

Taiwanese badminton star Chou Tien-chen stormed to a 21-13, 21-13 win over compatriot Hsu Jen-hao to clinch the Singapore Open men’s singles title on Sunday. Badminton Association of India (BAI), on Sunday, announced a cash reward of Rs. 10 lakh for him. (REPORT)

The Indian badminton team, including its best bet Sourabh Verma, bowed out of the Singapore Open after a dismal outing in Singapore on Thursday. (REPORT)

Cycling

Bradley Wiggins has said he has discovered “very sinister” details relating to the leak of his Therapeutic Use Exemptions and the so-called ‘Jiffy bag’ case which he now wants made public. (REPORT)

Magnus Cort Nielsen sprinted to his first Tour de France stage victory and Geraint Thomas maintained his lead in Carcassonne on Sunday. Cort Nielsen eased away from Ion Izagirre and Bauke Mollema at the end of stage 15 to give Astana a second victory in as many days following Omar Fraile's success on Saturday. (REPORT)

GOLF

Francesco Molinari's safety-first approach paid dividends as the Italian clinched The Open Championship on a dramatic, see-saw final day at Carnoustie. (REPORT)

Players will return to complete the final round of the Barbasol Championship on Monday after bad weather wreaked havoc again. (REPORT)

Tiger Woods will get his wish to play the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club one more time after breaking back into the top 50 following his performance at The Open.(REPORT)

India’s Shubhankar Sharma ended Tied-54th at The Open, carding a two-over 73 in the final round in Carnoustie, Scotland on Sunday.(REPORT)

Woods at one moment looked like completing an astonishing fairytale comeback when he led the British Open in the final round on Sunday but ultimately came up short, posting a level par 71 to finish five-under for the tournament.(REPORT)

Athletics

World Indoor 60 metres bronze medallist Ronnie Baker emerged victorious from a hotly-contested 100m on Saturday's opening day of the London Diamond League after injury struck his US team-mate and rival Christian Coleman.

Baker might have expected to challenge the 9.88 seconds leading time in the world this year he holds with Noah Lyles — another American pushing for global prominence in the post-Usain Bolt era — when he won his heat in a blistering 9.90sec at the London Stadium.

Coleman, the world indoor 60m champion, withdrew from his heat because of a hamstring problem, but Baker had to work hard to simply claim victory in the final, clocking 9.90sec again, after losing ground with a sluggish start. (REPORT)

Hockey

India produced an impressive display before conceding a late goal to play out a 1-1 draw against World No. 2 England in their opening Pool B match of the Women’s Hockey World Cup on Saturday. Neha Goyal gave India the lead in the 25th minute before Lily Owsley equalised from a penalty corner in the 54th minute. (REPORT)

Manpreet Singh and Sardar Singh were in the thick of things again on Sunday as India trounced New Zealand 4-0 in the third and final Test at the SAI here. They took turns attacking and defending as India, which sealed the series 3-0, looked sharp in its last competitive game leading up to the Asian Games. Towards the end of the game, Manpreet even played as an auxiliary forward, and was involved in the build-up to the fourth goal. (REPORT)

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton turned his dreams into reality at the German Grand Prix after profiting from Sebastian Vettel's mistake to win at Hockenheim, despite starting 14th. (REPORT)

Squash

Omar El Torkey threatened to cause an upset after leading 8-4 in the fifth game but top seed Marwan Tarek dug himself out of the wormhole by winning seven successive points to score a 11-9, 6-11, 1-8, 2-11, 11-8 win in 92 minutes and reach the final of the World Junior Squash Championships at the Express Avenue mall on Sunday. It was the longest match of the tournament. (REPORT)