Weekly Digest: Rosberg retires, Woods returns, Bournemouth sinks Liverpool

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

Fernandinho being sent off for pushing Cesc Fabregas.   -  Getty Images

Videos showed Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas slapped Manchester City’s Fernandinho, provoking him to throat grab.   -  Getty Images


India wrapped up the third Test at Mohali inside four days and >took 2-0 lead over England in the five-match series on Tuesday. Parthiv Patel returned to replace the injured Wriddhiman Saha and he didn't disappoint. Even though he missed few catches, he played gritty innings as an opener, providing the foundation for the batsmen who followed him. Patel also took an amazing low catch off Jayant Yadav to dismiss the important and dangerous Jonathan Bairstow. If that was not enough, Ravindra Jadeja's crucial 90 in the first innings, Jayant Yadav's half-century, and an all-around show by bowlers made sure India had to chase down only 103 to win in the final innings. Jadeja was awarded the man of the match as the Indian team got an extra day of rest. After winning the Test, the team attended Yuvraj Singh's pre-wedding ceremony and later on the wedding ceremonies in Chandigarh and Goa.

In Sydney, Australia took on the New Zealand in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Riding on Steven Smith's 164 and a brilliant catch to dismiss B. J. Watling, the home side defeated New Zealand by 68 runs in the first ODI.


The week started with the EFL Cup — more commonly known as the League Cup — quarterfinals. Arsenal was defeated by Southampton at its home. In the other three matches, Hull City won through shooutout, while Liverpool registered a comfortable win over Leeds United. Manchester United routed West Ham 4-1 as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antony Martial scored two goals apiece. The match also saw Bastian Schweinsteiger take field under Jose Mourinho's reign. Henrikh Mkhitaryan played his part in setting up the Martial's first goal.

However, Liverpool and Manchester United could not repeat their League Cup performances in the Premier League. Liverpool was crushed 4-3 by Bournemouth after trailing 0-2 at one point. United conceded a late goal after Everton was handed a penalty when Marouane Fellaini fouled.

Chelsea continued riding high after it foughtback from 0-1 down against Manchester City to win 3-1. An own goal by Gary Cahill gave City the lead. However, Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard made sure that Chelsea continued to lead the standings. If that was not enough for Guardiola's men, Sergio Aguero's tackle of David Luiz and the following fight between the two teams saw Aguero and Fernandinho being sent off.

Against West Ham, Arsenal was boosted by Alexis Sanchez's hat-trick as the Gunners defeated the Hammers 5-1. Tottenham Hotspur also posted a much-needed confidence-boosting win over Swansea City as Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane scored two apiece. Spurs defeated Swansea 5-0.

In Spain, all eyes were on El Classico. Luis Suarez gave Barcelona the lead early in the match. Neymar Jr. and Messi had their chances to extende the lead but couldn't. On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo tried his bit to equalise. But it was a header by captain Sergio Ramos in the 90th minute which helped Real Madrid escape a defeat at Camp Nou and earn crucial points.

There was more reasons for Zinedine Zidane to be happy as his son Enzo scored on his first-team debut for Real Madrid when the Spanish giants crushed Cultural Leonesa 6-1 in Copa del Rey. Barcelona, on the other hand, drew with Hercules 1-1. The two draws in the same week will surely increase Luis Enrique's misery.

In Germany, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund registered wins in their respective matches.

Video: >We are the champions - Rosberg celebrates F1 title and retirement

Video: >I feel I'm the greatest - Usain Bolt


Usain Bolt won the IAAF male Athlete of the Year award for a record sixth time on Friday. "It's definitely a big deal," said the Jamaican. Bolt won the award in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Regarded by many as the Greatest Athlete of All Time, Bolt will retire next year following the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London.

Formula One:

A week after winning the Formule One Championship, Germany's Nico Rosberg announced retirement from the sport. Rosberg said: "Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my 'one thing' to become Formula One World Champion. Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I've made it. I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen."


Tiger Woods returned to action in the Hero World Challenge. Japanese Hideki Matsuyama won the title, but the spotlight was on Woods. Returning from a 15-month layoff, the longest of his illustrious career, Woods wrapped up his campaign with a four over 76 at the Albany Golf Club and finished 15th in a 17-man field.

Mukesh Kumar on Sunday became the oldest winner on the Asian Tour at the age of 51 years and 126 days when he won the weather-shortened Panasonic Open. It was his first Asian Tour title.

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