Weekly digest: Double delight for Vidarbha to Saina's National glory

A recap of last week's major happenings from the world of sports.

Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal receives the Z.R. Irani Trophy from VCA president Anand Jaiswal.   -  S. Sudarshan


West Indies batsman Chris Gayle will retire from one-day international after this year's World Cup in England and Wales, Windies Cricket announced. (REPORT)

India captain Virat Kohli remained on top while team-mate Chesteshwar Pujara managed to hold on to his third position in the latest ICC Test rankings, where Sri Lankan Kusal Perera made a quantum leap of 58 places. (REPORT)

Aaron Finch's Melbourne Renegades clinched its first Big Bash League title on Sunday after city rival — Melbourne Stars — imploded during a tense run chase. (REPORT)

Atharva Taide, a rookie left-hander playing only his fifth first class match, and the seasoned professional Ganesh Satish combined forces to enable Vidarbha retain the Z.R. Irani Cup. (REPORT)

Kusal Perera remarkably dominated a record-breaking 10th-wicket partnership with Vishwa Fernando to carry Sri Lanka to a sensational one-wicket win over South Africa in a dramatic first Test. (REPORT)

Wriddhiman Saha, after a injury layoff makes a comeback to the Bengal squad for the upcoming group matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament. (REPORT)

A freak injury halted Prithvi Shaw's international career after a great start but the talented batsman makes a comeback next week during Mumbai's campaign at Syed Mustaq Ali Tropy. (REPORT)


Cristhian Stuani and Portu scored as relegation-threatened Girona claimed a 2-1 comeback win away at Real Madrid, leaving Los Blancos nine points behind Barcelona in the La Liga table. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi netted his 30th goal of the season before missing his second penalty of the game as leader Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga with a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid. (REPORT)

Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi arrives in Australia after Thai authorities withdrew extradition proceedings against him. (REPORT)

Manchester United Paul Scholes takes charge at League Two side Oldham and wins his first match. (REPORT)

England's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks dies, aged 81. (REPORT)

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard suffer injuries, while Paul Pogba gets sent off in Manchester United's first loss under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, losing 2-0 to PSG at Old Trafford in the Champions League (REPORT)

Tottenham takes a huge step towards the Champions League quarterfinals as goals from Son Heung-min, Jan Vertonghen and Fernando Llorente sealed a 3-0 first-leg win over Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT)

Marek Hamsik completes a move from Napoli to Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang after 12 seasons at the Serie A club. (REPORT)

La Liga requests for an investigation on Gareth Bale's inflammatory celebration in Real Madrid's 3-1 win at Atletico Madrid which puts him at risk of a possible 12-game ban. (REPORT)

Manchester United pays Jose Mourinho and his assistants £19.6million in compensation after the manager was sacked in December. (REPORT)

Eric Harrison, the former youth coach who nurtured Manchester United's revered 'Class of '92' generation, dies at the age of 81. (REPORT)

BATE's Stanislav Dragun headed in the only goal of the game as Arsenal had Alexandre Lacazette sent off in a shock 1-0 defeat in Belarus. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid cuts ties with former academy director Manuel Brinas and launched an internal investigation after allegations of sexual abuse were made against the 88-year-old. (REPORT)

UEFA opens investigation on Sergio Ramos' comments which hinted at earning a deliberate yellow card against Ajax, but the Real Madrid captain is shocked by the uproar. (REPORT)

Indian winger Lallianzuala Chhangte returns to Delhi Dynamos squad after his trial stint at Norway club Vikings FK, ends after two days. (REPORT)

The funeral of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala took place in his home village in Argentina on Saturday three weeks after he was killed in a plane crash. (REPORT)

Alex Ferguson will take charge of Manchester United in the anniversary game on May 26 to mark its Champions League win over Bayern Munich in 1999. (REPORT)


Prajnesh Gunneswaran becomes the third Indian player to break into men’s singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97. (REPORT)

World number one Naomi Osaka says she wants to surround herself with "people people that I really like" after splitting with coach Sascha Bajin. (REPORT)

Elise Mertens produces a brilliant comeback to defeat Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and claim the biggest title of her career at the Qatar Open. (REPORT)

Gael Monfils survived a Stan Wawrinka fightback to win his first ATP Tour title in over a year at the Rotterdam Open, prevailing 6-3 1-6 6-2. (REPORT)

Indian doubles pair Purav Raja and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan lost the semifinals of challenger tournament in France, while Sriram Balaji and Arjun Kadhe lost the final four clash at the Bangkok challenger. (REPORT)


Saina Nehwal defended her crown at the Senior Badminton Nationals, beating P.V. Sindhu in straight games in the final. This is Saina's fourth national title. (REPORT)

Sourabh Verma clinched his third Senior Badminton Nationals title, defeating young Lakshya Sen in straight games in the men's singles final in Guwahati. (REPORT)

Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour. (REPORT)

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