Weekly Digest (Dec 17-23): From Mourinho's exit to India's Perth debacle

A round-up of major events in the world of sport in the week gone by.

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

Peter Handscomb signals out after taking a low catch at slip to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli in the Perth Test.   -  Getty Images

 

India lost 5 for 28 on the final day of the second Test in Perth, losing it by 146 runs after winning the first Test at Adelaide Oval. [Report]

Ravi Shastri was dismissive of all the flak that the Indian team copped taking a dig at critics for “firing blanks while sitting million miles away“. [Report]

Gary Kirsten would have been named head coach if the BCCI or someone with influence had talked to RCB and brought an end to his contract without any financial damage. [Report]

Former India cricketer, W.V. Raman, has been appointed as the head coach of India’s women's team.  [REPORT]

Sachin Tendulkar has joined a host of former players in slamming the ICC for giving an ‘average’ rating to the Perth Stadium pitch, which hosted the second India vs Australia Test. [REPORT]

Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji has accused BCCI CEO Rahul Johri of not adhering to the Supreme Court order of January 30, 2017 and the CoA directions of August 23, 2018. [REPORT]

BCCI’s North Zone curator Sunil Chauhan overwatered the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch and then, breaching protocol, left the venue before the start of Delhi-Madhya Pradesh Ranji Trophy. [REPORT]

 

FOOTBALL

This was the first time Manchester United has scored five times in the league since Alex Ferguson's final game in charge.   -  reuters

 

Manager Jose Mourinho has left Manchester United after two and a half years in the post, the club announced on Tuesday. [REPORT]

Luka Modric's wonderful goal helped seal Club World Cup history as Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 to become the first team to win the tournament three years in a row. [REPORT]

Manchester United cruised to an impressive 5-1 Premier League victory over Cardiff City on Saturday in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first match in charge. [REPORT]

Andros Townsend scored a sensational goal-of-the-season contender as Crystal Palace dealt Manchester City's Premier League title defence a body blow with a stunning 3-2 win at the Etihad Stadium. [REPORT]

Jamie Vardy scored on his 250th Leicester City appearance as the Foxes ended an 18-year wait for a Premier League win at Chelsea in a 1-0 triumph. [REPORT]

Real Kashmir FC went home in a merry mood having scored a 1-0 win over Chennai City FC in the Hero I-league clash at the Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. [REPORT]

The official broadcaster Star Sports' decision to broadcast live only select 30 matches in the second half of I-League has raised concerns among some of the club owners. [REPORT]

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Neeraj Chopra competing in the men's javelin throw event during the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich.   -  AP

 

A five-person World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) team returned from Moscow Friday without the raw laboratory data needed as part of the deal to reinstate Russia to WADA compliance. [Report]

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s obsessive pursuit of excellence and a new-found sprint sensation in Hima Das gave Indian athletics audacious Olympic hopes but familiar dope shame kept things in perspective in an eventful 2018. [Report]

LeBron James has criticized NFL owners for wanting to “control” players and praised NBA commissioner Adam Silver for his support of players who use their platform to speak out on social issues.[Report]

The International Olympic Committee has sent a letter to National Olympic Committees expressing “concern” with recent claims made by International Boxing Association (AIBA). [REPORT]

James Dolan recently put the New York Liberty up for sale and told ESPN he wouldn’t rule out doing the same with the New York Knicks. [REPORT]