Weekly Digest (March 25-31): Ashwin's 'Mankad' to Axelsen's Indian Open triumph

From R. Ashwin's 'Mankad' to Viktor Axelsen's Indian Open triumph, here are all the major happenings from the world of sports from the week gone by.

Kings XI Punjab's Ravichandran Ashwin appeals after mankading Rajasthan Royals' Jos Buttler.   -  IPL

CRICKET

M.S.K. Prasad, chairman of the Indian cricket selection committee, on Sunday exuded confidence that the team the selectors announce will win the World Cup in England. He said the squad for the 2019 World Cup will be announced on or before April 20. (REPORT)

Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin 'Mankaded' Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture in Jaipur on Monday, creating a huge controversy. (REPORT)

Defending IPL champion made a perfect start to its title defence after it made it three wins in three after the eight-runs against the Rajasthan Royals, which is now winless in the tournament. (REPORT)

Australia has won eight ODIs in a row after it completed a 5-0 series sweep of Pakistan. (REPORT)

The Marylebone Cricket Club, considered the custodian of cricket laws, has made a U-turn on Ravichandran Ashwin’s Mankading of Jos Buttler in an IPL match, saying it found the Indian’s action against the spirit of the game after a review.  (REPORT)

Sri Lanka Cricket cleared Lasith Malinga to play the Indian Premier League. Earlier, Sri Lanka Cricket announced that only those players would be eligible for selection in the World Cup squad, who would compete in Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, slated from April 4 to 11. (REPORT)

Mumbai Indians thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday. But the drama that the last ball carried with it enraged RCB players and its skipper Virat Kohli. (REPORT)

Sunrisers Hyderabad openers Jonny Bairstow and David Warner broke the record for highest opening partnership in the IPL as they put up an opening stand of 185 runs in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Sunday. (REPORT)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has ‘approached’ Indian cricket's domestic stalwart, Wasim Jaffer, to come on board as a batting coach. (REPORT)

Former Australian Test star Bruce Yardley, who was later regarded as one of the world’s leading spin-bowling coaches, has died aged 71 after a battle with cancer. (REPORT)

As an ad hoc arrangement, the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) has obtained consent from Justice D.K. Jain (Retd) to carry out the work of the Ethics Officer. (REPORT)

Two cricket fans based out of West Bengal have complained to D. K. Jain, the BCCI Ombudsman and Ethics Officer, that Sourav Ganguly will be “conflicted” if he performs his role as Delhi Capitals advisor in its Indian Premier League (IPL) contest against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on April 12. (REPORT)

India opener Smriti Madhana and leg spinner Poonam Yadav remained static at third and second spots respectively in the batting and bowling charts of the ICC Women's T20 Players’ ranking released on Friday. (REPORT)

Sri Lankan Test cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after an accident in the capital, police said Sunday. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

A last-gasp own goal from Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld following a flap from Hugo Lloris sent Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League. (REPORT)

RC Strasbourg prevailed in a tense penalty-shootout to defeat EA Guingamp and claim its third Coupe de la Ligue title on Saturday. (REPORT)

An initially frustrating outing ended in two goals for Lionel Messi and three points for Barcelona against Espanyol in the LaLiga on Saturday. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund claimed a dramatic victory over Wolfsburg that gave it the advantage in the Bundesliga title race. (REPORT)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce has expressed his interest in the post of the Indian football men's team coach through his agent, Sportstar has learnt. (REPORT)

Gonzalo Higuian has ended his Argentina career and hit back at those who only highlighted his costly misses in three successive finals. (REPORT)

The board of Quess East Bengal FC has decided to go with the alliance of the I-League clubs while virtually pulling out of the Super Cup. (READ)

Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa was on Thursday assured of his re-election as head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after his only remaining challenger withdrew from the contest. (READ)

After a successful spell in caretaker charge, former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a permanent contract. (READ)

Following months of speculation, Bayern Munich has confirmed Lucas Hernandez is to arrive for €80 million from Atletico Madrid. (READ)

FIFA has confirmed its Appeal Committee will hear from Chelsea over the club's two-window transfer ban on April 11. (READ)

TENNIS

A magnificent performance earned Roger Federer victory in the Miami Open final, but John Isner was hurt as the match neared a conclusion. (REPORT)

The unique mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth has been axed after 31 years and replaced by the ATP World Team Cup, officials said on Thursday in a revamp of the season-opening tennis calendar. (REPORT)

Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest victory of her singles career, defeating Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to win the Miami Open title. (REPORT)

The  man who attacked two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a knife at her Czech home in December 2016 was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday, a court said. (REPORT)

Roger Federer will play on clay before this year's French Open after being confirmed on the entry list for the Madrid Masters, which starts on May 3.  (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix after long-time leader Charles Leclerc suffered some untimely engine problems. (REPORT)

After suffering a broken chain during the final practice session, Marc Marquez posted the fastest lap to claim pole in Argentina. (REPORT)

GOLF

Stephen Gallacher’s one-under 71 gave him a winning aggregate of nine-under 279 and the Hero Indian Open title. (REPORT)

The two semifinals at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play both went to the 18th, with Kevin Kisner and Matt Kuchar eventually progressing. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Viktor Axelsen beat Kidambi Srikanth 21-7, 22-20 to lift the men's singles title at the India Open 2019. (REPORT)

BOXING

The under-pressure International Boxing Federation (AIBA), which is fighting to keep its sport on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster after a storm of corruption allegations, will have to sweat it out until May before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decides on its fate. (REPORT)

Mohamed Moustahsane replaces Gafur Rahimov as AIBA chief to become the fourth head of boxing body in 18 months. (REPORT)

 

HOCKEY

India conceded a late equaliser to Korea and missed three chances in the shootout to give Korea its third Sultan Azlan Shah title. (REPORT)

Australian Graham Reid is set to be named as the Indian men’s hockey team chief coach till the 2022 World Cup. (REPORT)

SHOOTING

Manu Bhaker won her second gold medal as she topped women’s air pistol with a total of 239.0 in the 12th Asian Airgun Championship. (REPORT)

Ravi Kumar and Elavenil Valarivan won a silver in the senior 10m air rifle mixed team event while India made it a 1-2 in the corresponding junior event. (REPORT)

BASKETBALL

LeBron James' season is over after the Los Angeles Lakers announced the four-time MVP has been shut down for the final six games so he can recover from injury. (REPORT)

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