Weekly Digest: Sindhu’s heroics and India’s series win

P. V. Sindhu going neck-and-neck with Nozomi Okuhara in the World Badminton C’ship final, and India sealing the ODI series in Sri Lanka formed the sporting headlines in the week gone by.

P. V. Sindhu with her silver medal on Sunday.   -  AFP

Cricket

Despite Akila Dananjaya’s heroics that reduced India to 131 for 7 in its chase of 231, the visitor took a narrow victory over Sri Lanka for a 2-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series between the sides. It was Sri Lanka’s fifth straight loss against India in all international matches played in India’s ongoing tour. M.S. Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar compiled a 100-run partnership to get India over the line. Upul Tharanga, the Sri Lankan captain, was handed a two-match ban for slow over-rate during this game.

India sealed the five-match ODI series with a six-wicket win in the third match in Pallekele. Amid confusion over the completion of the contest, when the teams walked off due to crowd disturbance with the Indian win being virtually a few minutes away, the not-out batsmen returned to the crease to seal the issue.

Ahead of the ODI against Australia in Chennai in September, the contentious ‘I, J and K’ stands at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in the city may be reopened, according to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association joint secretary R. I. Palani.

In a case of conflict of interest, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s acting president’s office recommended one of its own employees - former Delhi leg-spinner Chetnya Nanda - for the post of match referee. The Indian board admitted to an oversight.

Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann has welcomed AB de Villiers’ decision to resume playing Test cricket for South Africa. Swann says world cricket needed de Villiers.

Shiv Sundar Das, the former India and Odisha opener, took over as coach of the Odisha Ranji Trophy team. He replaced fast bowler Debasish Mohanty.

Ben Stokes’ century for England was the major piece of resistance for the home team as West Indies dismissed the rest of the line-up cheaply in the second Wisden Trophy Test at Headingley. In response to England’s modest 254, West Indies batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope dug in, scoring centuries each to help their team post 427.

In what could be a low-scoring Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National stadium, Australia was struggling at 18 for 3 after having bowled Bangladesh out for 260. Nine of the 13 wickets on the first day fell to spinners.

Football

Wayne Rooney, England's record goal-scorer, retired from international football on Wednesday. Report

Ousmane Dembele was signed by FC Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee of €105million on Friday. The 20-year-old will be looked at being a direct replacement for Neymar who swapped the blaugrana colours for PSG's blue in a world record transfer earlier this month.

The 2017-18 Champions League draw was held in Monaco as champion Real Madrid was drawn in the same group as Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund, while Neymar's PSG will face German champion Bayern Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded the UEFA best player over Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon at the same event.

This season's Europa League groups were also drawn out as Arsenal face Cologne, AC Milan travel to Vienna and Lazio meet Nice. Here are the groups in full.

In the Premier League round-up, Manchester United continued its winning start to the league by beating Leicester City thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini.

Champion Chelsea registered its first home win of the season against Everton as record signing Alvaro Morata scored and assisted yet again at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool thrashed an under-performing Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield in a counter-attacking masterclass before heading into the international break.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi became the first La Liga player in history to score 350 goals as his brace helped his side beat Alaves.

An Antoine Greizmann-less Atletico Madrid defeated Las Palmas 5-1 with the help of two stunning goals from midfielder Koke.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund continued its winning ways to their Bundesliga campaign with the latter only ahead on goal difference.

Juventus' Paulo Dybala scored a hat-trick in its come from behind win at Genoa.

Former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov signed for ISL side Kerala Blasters for the upcoming season.

Tennis

Maria Sharapova was drawn to face No. 2 seed Simona Halep in the US Open, according to the draw that took place this week. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are on course to meet in the US Open for the first time if the top two seeds manage to reach the semifinals. Andy Murray, who was to be the No. 2 seed, pulled out of the tournament due to a nagging hip injury.

Ramkumar Ramanathan went past the first round of US Open qualifiers, with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Paul Henri-Matheiu.

Badminton

Nozomi Okuhara won the women’s singles gold at the World Badminton Championship in Glasgow, defeating India’s P. V. Sindhu 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in a nailbiting final. Denmark’s Victor Axelsen defeated Lin Dan in the men's final.

Boxing

Floyd Mayweather defeated MMA wrestler Conor McGregor in 10 rounds via a TKO in the much-anticipated clash. The American retired from boxing with a 50-0 record against his name.

Kabaddi

A controversy was caused with the opposition to the Dronacharya Award recommendation for kabaddi coach Hiranand Kataria. At first, the Indian sports ministry refrained from pulling out his nomination, and then “put it on hold.” The contentious issue seemed to be the fact that Kataria was barely known in the kabaddi circles and that he was an official of the Rajasthan Wushu Association.

Dabang Delhi KC, Bengal Warriors, Patna Pirates, Jaipur Pink Panthers, UP Yoddha and others registered victories against their opponents in the Pro Kabaddi League. Gujarat Fortunegiants and UP Yoddha lead Zone ‘A’ and Zone ‘B’ respectively.

Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian GP to cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship to seven points.

Athletics

Mo Farah ended his career in style at the IAAF Diamond League with victory in the final in the 5,000m race. It was Farah's first career Diamond League trophy.