Weekly Digest: Ozil quits international football, and Imran Khan becomes Pak PM

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

Mesut Ozil decided to quit international football after being subjected to racist comments.   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

The Indian cricket team, which was originally scheduled to play a four-day warm-up fixture against Essex before the start of the Test series against England, sought to have — and got its wish — it reduced to a three-day match beginning on Wednesday and finishing on Friday. (REPORT)

Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, K. L. Rahul, and Dinesh Karthik struck half-centuries in India's first innings in the practice match, while Shikhar Dhawan got a pair to his name in what was a non-First-Class match. Umesh Yadav was the standout of the Indian bowlers, picking four for 35 in 18 overs. (REPORT)

Adil Rashid was contentiously selected in England's 13-man squad for the first Test against India, having not played First-Class cricket for Yorkshire this English County season and also signed a white-ball-only contract. Michael Vaughan was among those who opposed the decision made by the English selectors. (REPORT)

Rashid hit back at the negative comments about his selection in the Test team for the first time since England tour of India in 2016. (REPORT)

Danushka Gunathilaka was suspended for six international matches for breaching player rules and violating his contract. (REPORT)

Bangladesh registered its first bilateral ODI series win against West Indies since 2009, beating Jason Holder and co. 2-1 in the three-match series. (REPORT)

South Africa took a 1-0 series lead in the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, with a five-wicket win in Dambulla on Sunday. (REPORT

Justin Langer, Australia's newly-appointed coach, was named the head of Twenty20 selection panel following the resignation of Mark Waugh. (REPORT)

Chepauk Super Gillies was knocked out of the third edition of TNPL after losing its fifth match of the season to Tuti Patriots at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. (REPORT)

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan after his party (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, PTI) won the general elections in the country. (REPORT)

 

FOOTBALL

Mesut Ozil quit the German national football team, citing “racism” in the criticism of him in the side's World Cup debacle. “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect,” he tweeted. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness welcomed Mesut Ozil's international retirement as long overdue in an extraordinary attack on the midfielder's performances for Germany. (REPORT)

India striker Robin Singh was signed by Indian Super League club FC Pune City to strengthen the team’s front line for the 2018-19 season. (REPORT)

Mesut Ozil's decision to retire from international football as a result of feeling persecuted by the German Football Federation (DFB) left its former president Theo Zwanziger "deeply saddened". (REPORT)

The German Football Federation (DFB) denied Mesut Ozil's allegations of racism and insisted he should have explained his actions following his meeting with controversial Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (REPORT)

A Russian court on Monday threw out appeals by Pussy Riot punk group members after they were sentenced to brief jail terms for invading the pitch at the World Cup final. (REPORT)

The fixture list for the 2018-19 season of LaLiga was released, with Barcelona due to host Madrid on matchday 10, while the return game is to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu on March 3. (REPORT)

Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri put pen to paper on a fresh one-year deal that will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2020-21 season, the Blues announced on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe lead the nominees for the Best FIFA Men's Player award, but Neymar and Paul Pogba have not made the shortlist. (REPORT)

Chennaiyin FC head coach John Gregory was awarded the Association of Indian Football Coaches (AIFC) ISL Coach of the Year award at AIFC’s inaugural awards at the DY Patil School of Medicine in Navi Mumbai. Gregory was recognized for his achievement of guiding Chennaiyin FC to its second ISL title in March this year. (REPORT)

Marseille will be banned from the next European competition it qualifies for should it fall foul of any UEFA regulations in the next two seasons. (REPORT)

Tite will continue as Brazil head coach until the 2022 World Cup despite the country's quarterfinal exit in Russia. (REPORT)

Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov will maintain his position, Russian Football Union First Vice-President, Nikita Simonyan said. (REPORT)

The chief of the German Football Association (DFB) rejected accusations of racism by Mesut Ozil but admitted he should have done more to protect the midfielder against discriminatory abuse. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo was fined €18.8million and handed a two-year suspended jail sentence for tax evasion after the Spanish treasury approved the agreement he reached with prosecutors. (REPORT)

Serie A 2018-19 fixtures: Ronaldo opens at Chievo, AC Milan faces tough start. (REPORT)

In a bid to prepare for its upcoming AFC Cup Inter-Zone semifinal clash against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr FKA and the upcoming fifth edition of the Indian Super League,Bengaluru FC has charted out a a fortnight-long pre-season camp that includes games against the reserve sides of Spanish powerhouses FC Barcelona and Villarreal. (REPORT)

Aleksandr Golovin signed a five-year deal with Monaco, the Russia international having been previously linked with a move to Chelsea. (REPORT)

Indian Super League holder Chennaiyin FC announced the appointment of Englishman Kevin Hitchcock as goalkeeping coach ahead of the 2018-19 season. (REPORT)

Arsenal secured a comfortable International Champions Cup win over Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, with Mesut Ozil among the goals. (REPORT)

Tickets for the AFC Asia Cup UAE 2019, will go on sale Tickets go on sale on Monday at 1:30pm (IST) to football fans across India. (REPORT)

National head coach Stephen Constantine said on Sunday that the hype surrounding the Indian Under-17 team’s performance at the 2017 U-17 FIFA World Cup was unjustified. (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)

Marco Cecchinato's breakthrough year on the ATP Tour continued apace at the Croatia Open Umag as he collected a second career title with a straight-sets win over Guido Pella. (REPORT)

World number two Roger Federer has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in a bid to ease his schedule. (REPORT)

Dominic Thiem eased through to the quarterfinals in Hamburg on Thursday, as Fabio Fognini and Borna Coric were dumped out of the Swiss Open Gstaad. (REPORT)

Matteo Berrettini sealed his first ATP title without dropping a set by shocking Roberto Bautista Agut in the Swiss Open Gstaad final on Sunday. (REPORT)

A tear in the serving shoulder may have disrupted Rohan Bopanna’s preparation for the hard court swing leading up to the US Open and, for a fleeting while, even threatened his participation in the Asian Games in Jakarta (August 19 to 25), but the 38-year-old is in an upbeat mood. (REPORT)

 

MOTORSPORT

Plans for a Grand Prix in Miami next year have been abandoned by Formula One chiefs, although they have still left open the possibility of going to Florida in 2020. (REPORT)

India’s Vicky Chandhok was unanimously re-elected President of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship Working Group for a second two-year term at the annual meeting in Johor, Malaysia. (REPORT)

Former Ferrari chief executive and chairman Sergio Marchionne has died aged 66. (REPORT)

The Force India Formula One team went into administration, as expected, late Friday evening in London following a High Court hearing brought by a winding-up order. (REPORT)

Lewis Hamilton danced in the rain on his way to a memorable pole Saturday ahead of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes secured a front row lockout for the Hungarian Grand Prix. (REPORT)

 

MORE SPORTS

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)

The Switzerland embassy rejected the visa application of six Indian cyclists ahead of the upcoming World Junior Cycling Championship 2018. (REPORT)

Rowan Reda Araby, the junior World. No 1 among women, and Mostafa Asal triumphed at the World Junior Squash Championship in Chennai on Monday. (REPORT)

Russian athletes Maria Abakumova and Tatiana Lebedeva have been stripped of their silver medals from the 2008 Olympic Games following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). (REPORT)

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has chosen Kenya to host the 2020 World Under 20 championships, officials said on Friday. (REPORT)

The Indian boys and girls teams will compete in the Junior NBA World
Championship for the 13-14 age group, to be staged at the ESPN Wide
World of Sports Complex, at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, US,
from August 7 to 12. (REPORT)

Athletics coach Nipon Das, who mentored 400m star Hima Das, has been accused of sexual assault by an athlete who trained under him in Guwahati. (REPORT)

Kapil Dev has been picked alongside Rishi Narain and Amit Luthra to represent India at the Asia Pacific Senior 2018 to be held in Japan. (REPORT)

Britain's Geraint Thomas sealed his maiden Tour de France victory on Sunday after the 21st and final stage was won by Norway's Alexander Kristoff. (REPORT)

Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Sunday, won a gold in the Savo Games in Finland with an impressive performance, beating his Chinese Taipei rival Chao-Tsun Cheng as the duo warmed up for an Asian Games showdown. (REPORT)