Weekly Digest: Of Federer's 20th Grand Slam and Dhoni's Padma Bhushan

Roger Federer's Australian Open title win and M. S. Dhoni's Padma Bhushan award dominated sporting headlines in the week gone by.

Roger Federer defeated Marin Cilic in five sets to clinch the Australian Open men's title.

Former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and multiple world champion cueist Pankaj Advani were conferred with the country's third-highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan on Thursday. [Report]

CRICKET

India tasted its third Test win in South Africa, when it won the third Test in Johannesburg by 63 runs. Chasing 241, South Africa collapsed from 124 for one to 177 all out. [Report]

The match was marred by speculation and controversy surrounding the pitch, which, for a brief while, was deeemed 'dangerous' by the on-field umpires.

Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, K. L. Rahul, Chris Lynn, and Andrew Tye were some of the top buys in the IPL auction that took place in two halves in Bengaluru. Stokes was the costliest player - bought for Rs. 12.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals - and Unadkat (Rs. 11.5 crore) was the costliest Indian. [Report] [Report (Day One)]

There were a few firsts in the auction - a player from Nepal was inducted, for his base price of Rs. 20 lakh (Sandeep Lamichhane) and a player from Afghanistan (Mujeeb Zadran) attracted a bid of Rs. 4 crore.

Chris Gayle was close to being unsold, but was eventually taken by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs. 2 crore. Joe Root, Mitchell Johnson, Thisara Perera, and Dale Steyn were some of the prominent players unsold.

Sri Lanka won the One-Day International tri-nation series in Mirpur, defeating host Bangladesh in the final by 79 runs. Sri Lanka made a horrific start to the tourney, losing to Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in its first two matches, but lifted itself up adequately thereafter to make its way past the minnows. [Report]

After a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan in the One-Day International series, New Zealand was beaten 2-1 in the Twenty20 leg of Pakistan's tour. Its T20 series win lifted Pakistan to the top of the Twenty20 rankings. [Report]

Marcus Stoinis' 87 went in vain as England sneaked past Australia in a close fifth match of the ODI series. The 12-run win, manufactured largely by Tom Curran's five-wicket haul, helped England take the series 4-1 at Perth. For Australia, Andrew Tye took five wickets; he was subsequently sold for Rs. 7.2 crore in the IPL auction. [Report]

India, Pakistan, Australia and Afghanistan have registered their spots in the semifinals of the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. Sri Lanka won the Plate Final, defeating West Indies by three wickets. [Report]

FOOTBALL:

Alexis Sanchez's much-anticipated move to Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday as the side swapped him with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. [Report]

FA CUP

Alexis Sanchez was involved in the opening two goals on his Manchester United debut as it beat Yeovil Town 4-0 in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday. [Report]

Michy Batshuayi struck a first-half brace as Chelsea cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over a lacklustre Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. [Report]

Manchester City booked its place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Cardiff City but left the Welsh capital with fears over the fitness of winger Leroy Sane. [Report]

LA LIGA

Two penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 win at Valencia on Saturday and eased the pressure on head coach Zinedine Zidane. [Report]

Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres were on the scoresheet as Atletico Madrid got back to winning ways and cut the gap to LaLiga leader Barcelona to eight points with a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas. [Report]

BUNDESLIGA

Serge Gnabry gave Bayern Munich a glimpse of the skills they will enjoy next season before the Bundesliga champion stormed back to seal a stunning 5-2 victory over Hoffenheim. [Report]

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was jeered on his return to the Borussia Dortmund team as Jeremy Toljan rescued a point for Peter Stoger's men in a 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Freiburg. [Report]

Indian Super League

Bengaluru FC pulled off a 2-1 win over NorthEast United which put the side it on top of the ISL points table. [Report]

Deependra Singh Negi made a memorable Indian Super League debut as he scored a goal and earned a penalty to guide Kerala Blasters to a 2-1 win over Delhi Dynamos on Saturday. [Report]

Ferran Corominas' brace went in vain as Mumbai City FC stole a late winner to surge to a 4-3 win against  FC Goa in the Indian Super League on Sunday. [Report]

Jamshedpur FC returned to winning ways by defeating defending champion ATK courtesy of a second half penalty on Sunday. Trindade Goncalves found the goal from the spot to give the visitor the full quota of points. [Report]

TENNIS:

Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday. [Report]

Caroline Wozniacki finally lifted her first Grand Slam title in her 43rd attempt as she beat Simona Halep 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open on Saturday. [Report]

Rohan Bopanna and Timea Babos finished mixed doubles runners up as they went down fighting 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 against Mate Pavic and Gabriela Dabrowski. [Report]

Leander Paes and James Cerretani beat Treat Huey and Denis Kudla of the U.S. 6-4, 7-5 in the doubles final to win the Challenger doubles title at Newport Beach. [Report]

CHESS:

Viswanathan Anand drew with Shakhriyar Memedyarov to settle for the tied fifth place before Magnus Carlsen outwitted Anish Giri to win the Tata Steel chess tournament on Sunday. In the Challengers section, top seed Vidit Gujrathi won the title and with it, gained the right to play in the Masters section in 2019. [Report]

Five victorious Indians – P. Hari Krishna, Shardul Gagare, Abhjijeet Gupta, Sandipan Chanda and S. L. Narayanan – moved into the joint fourth place at four points after five rounds of the Tradewise Gibraltar Masters chess tournament on Saturday. [Report]

BOXING:

Olympics bronze medallist and five time World Champion Mary Kom coasted to the quarterfinal of the Spicejet India Open international boxing championship by recording a convincing 5-0 victory over compatriot Varsha Choudhary in the women’s 48-kg category on Sunday. [Report]

TABLE TENNIS:

Veteran Sharath Kamal led PSPB to the men’s team title with a 3-1 win over Haryana in the 79th edition of the 11Even Sports Senior Nationals. [Report]

SNOOKER:

Sumit Talwar and Amee Kamani emerged as the men’s and women’s champions respectively in the Senior National snooker championship on Saturday. While Talwar coasted to his maiden snooker National title, Amee sneaked past Varshaa Sanjeev to defend her crown. [Report]

BADMINTON:

Saina Nehwal suffered her seventh straight defeat to World No. 1 and old nemesis Tai Tzu Ying, when she lost 9- 21, 13-21 in the final of the Indonesia Masters on Sunday. [Report]

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