Weekly digest: Rosberg and Argentina's maiden title triumphs

Triumphs, allegations, comebacks and upsets — we take a look at the most talked about sporting moments of the week.

An ecstatic Nico Rosberg jumps on the podium after claiming his maiden F1 title.   -  Getty Images

After unsuccessful attempts in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011, Argentina finally won the Davis Cup trophy against Croatia on Sunday.   -  AP

Formula One:

Nico Rosberg beat team-mate and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix winner, Lewis Hamilton, to win his maiden Formula 1 World Championship title 34 years after his father, Keke, won. It was an intense start to the finale for the German as he was chased, initially by red Bull driver, teenager Max Verstappen, and later on by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg, who needed a podium to finish to ensure a Championship victory, was blocked by team-mate Hamilton, who refused to speed up and let Rosberg pick up the pace. In the end, Rosberg held his nerve to become the third German after Schumacher and Vettel to win the F1 title. An emotional Rosberg shared a video of his father helping a young Nico practice on his kart.


As if Nico Rosberg winning his maiden title was not enough for the sporting world, Juan del Porto fought back from two sets down to win a crucial tie against Croatia's Marin Cilic in the Davis Cup final, in Zagreb. In the final title-decider round, Argentina's Federico Delbonis registered a straight-sets victory over Ivo Karlovic to lift the nation's maiden Davis Cup title. After unsuccessful attempts in 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011, Argentina's Davis Cup maiden title victory was celebrated by 1,500-strong group of travelling fans which also included 1986 World Cup-winner Diego Maradona.


A fortnight after claiming her maiden title, teen golfer Aditi Ashok, claimed her second title when she won the Qatar Ladies Open on Saturday. "It's been a great few weeks. I won my home event in the Indian Open, which was my first win. To win back to back events feels really good," said Aditi, the LET's leading rookie professional.


India won the second Test at Vizag riding on skipper Virat Kohli's 167 and 81 and Ravichandran Ashwin's eight-wicket haul in the match. Supporting roles by Cheteshwar Pujara, Jayant Yadav and Ashwin with the bat, helped India massively as the host won by a massive 246 runs. The third Test, which is currently going on in Mohali, is poised delicately with India holding the upper hand. However, dropped catches have frustrated both sides.

In the Australia-South Africa Test series, focus was mainly on Faf du Plessis's ball tampering issue. Even though South Africa had already secured the series, it couldn't secure a whitewash as an all-around show from the home side in the final Test ensured a consolation win for Australia. Whatever may have been the result of the Test and the series, the two teams were seen enjoying time together in the dressing room.


Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and National Champion, Sameer Verma, were beaten in their respective finals of the Hong Kong Open Superseries on Sunday. Sindhu lost to Tai Tzu-Ying of Chinese Taipei 15-21, 17-21 in 41 minutes. On the other hand, Verma, in his maiden Superseries final, lost to local Ng Ka Long Angus 14-21, 21-10, 11-21 at the Hong Kong Coliseum in a 50-minute battle. This was Sindhu's third appearance in a Superseries summit clash. She lost the Denmark Open final in 2015 and recently claimed the 2016 China Open crown.


The week started with Champions League and Europa matches taking place. Tottenham Hotspur was knocked out of the Champions League after its defeat against Monaco. As if that was not enough for Mauricio Pochettino's side, Spurs lost its Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday. Misery continued for German side Bayern Munich also. After a string of poor performances, Bayern were outplayed by Russian Champions Rostov as a 66th-minute winner by Noboa saw the side register its first win in the competition. In Europa, Manchester United won its tie against Feyenoord as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and a Bradley Jones' own goal helped the English side bag all three points. However, in Premier League, Moruinho's side had to come back from one goal down to draw its tie against West Ham.

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