Weekly Digest (May 13-19): From Bayern's Bundesliga title to Nadal's Italian Open victory

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the past week including Bayern Munich's seventh consecutive Bundesliga title and Rafael Nadal's major statement ahead of his French Open defence.

(L-R) Bayern Munich sealed its seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. Rafael Nadal claimed his ninth title in Rome after defeating Novak Djokovic.   -  Getty Images

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the past week including Bayern Munich's seventh consecutive Bundesliga title and Rafael Nadal's major statement ahead of his French Open defence.

CRICKET

Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be tuning up for the inaugural World Test Championship against West Indies by playing in English County for Nottinghamshire. (Report)

Sportstar travelled to Ranchi, the 2011 World Cup-winning captain's home, to learn what made Dhoni the world-beater he is today. (Report)

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Kuldeep Yadav bowls in the nets during a training session in Sydney.   -  Getty Images

 

Originally wanting to become a medium pacer, Kuldeep Yadav’s first coach convinced him to switch to spin and found that the youngster was a natural. We trace his journey. (Report)

Former BCCI official Prof. Ratnakar Shetty has urged Saba Karim, BCCI’s general manager cricket operations, to revert to Ranji Trophy’s old format wherein top teams are placed in three Elite groups and others in the Plate. (Report)

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in Wasim Jaffer as the batting coach for game development for its High Performance Academy. (Report)

Paddy Upton thinks the present Indian team is “fitter” than the 2011 World Cup squad and is “well quipped” going into the upcoming marquee cricket tournament. (Report)

The gigantic scores on flat decks during the ongoing England versus Pakistan series has prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to redesign the official fans’ scorecards during World Cup to accommodate up to 500-run team totals. (Report)

Former South Central Railways cricketer G. Suvarna Lakshmi says that she will excel as a match-winner at the highest level for what she failed to achieve as a player. (Report)

 

FOOTBALL

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(L-R) Arjen Robben, Rafinha, and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich lift the Bundesliga trophy following the match against Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 18 in Munich.   -  Getty Images

 

Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 on the final day to seal a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title.

Juventus has announced Massimiliano Allegri will not continue as head coach for the 2019-20 season.

The Intercontinental Cup involving India, Syria, North Korea and Tajikistan will be played from July 7-18 at the TranssStadia Arena in Ahmedabad.

Igor Stimac has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s senior national team coach on a two-year contract.

Vincent Kompany has left Manchester City after a 11-year spell and joined Belgian club Anderlecht as a player-manager.

Imphal-based Trau FC has won the 2nd Division and sealed promotion to the I-League.

Kerala Blasters has appointed Eelco Schattorie as its new head coach.

Ada Hegerberg scored a 16-minute hat-trick as Lyon reaffirmed its dominance of the Women's Champions League by winning a sixth title courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Barcelona.

Manchester City clinched an unprecedented domestic treble by winning the FA Cup with a defeat of Watford.

 

TENNIS

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Done and dusted!   -  Getty Images

 

Rafael Nadal made a major statement ahead of his French Open defence, thumping world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Internazionali d'Italia final to claim his ninth title in Rome. (Report)

Karolina Pliskova sealed her second title of the season by defeating Johanna Konta in straight sets in the final of the Internazionali d'Italia on Sunday. (Report)

Roger Federer has suffered a potentially significant leg injury just nine days out from the French Open and withdrawn from the Internazionali d'Italia. (Report)

World number one Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the Italian Open before Thursday's quarterfinals with injury just a week before the start of the French Open. (Report)

Nick Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open on Thursday after throwing a chair across court in a foul-mouthed tantrum before storming off during his match against Norwegian Casper Ruud who then called for the combustible Australian to face a lengthy ban. (Report)

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the French Open as she continues to recover from a shoulder injury. (Report)

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Dominic Inglot of Britain was beaten 7-6 (5), 6-3 by Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal in the doubles first round of the EUR 5,791,280 ATP-1000 tennis tournament in Rome, Italy. (Report)

Caroline Wozniacki retired from the Internazionali d'Italia after suffering another injury setback during her first-round match against Danielle Collins. (Report)

 

MOTORSPORT

Spain's defending world champion Marc Marquez of Honda won the French Moto GP at Le Mans on Sunday ahead of Italian pair Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci of Ducati. Marc Marquez's win set up a double celebration for the family as his younger brother Alex Marquez won the Moto2 earlier in the day. (Report)

 

Fernando Alonso walked away unscathed following a big crash during practice ahead of the Indianapolis 500. (Report)

Young Indian racer Jehan Daruvala, driving for Prema Racing, won the inaugural round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship, one of the support events to Formula One on Sunday. (Report)

 

MORE SPORTS

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Dutee Chand on same sex relation: SC gave me belief that we aren't wrong   -  Getty Images

 

100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals Dutee Chand on Sunday revealed that she is in a same sex relationship with a girl from her home town. The 23-year-old is thus the first Indian sportsperson to admit to being in a same-sex relationship. (Report)

With the 18-member squad returning home from its tour of Australia that ended on Friday, the Indian men’s hockey team joined the preparatory national camp for the upcoming Men’s Series Finals, which will begin on Monday, at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. (Report)

The Indian men’s hockey team ended its tour Down Under with a 2-5 loss to world no. 2 Australia in the fifth and final match on Friday. (Report)

In a shocking development, several lifters, including a 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who competed in the national weightlifting championships at Visakhapatnam in February last, have failed dope tests. (Report)

For the third successive Shotgun World Cup this year, the Indians failed to earn a single Olympic quota place for the country. (Report)

Jeremy Hayward and Blake Govers scored two goals each as Australia beat India 4-0 in the first Test of the two-match series on Wednesday at the Perth Hockey Stadium. (Report)

Former 50m national record holder swimmer M.B. Balakrishnan passed away in a road accident in Chennai on Tuesday night. (Report)

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has a clear-cut plan to host a National women’s league over the next few months. (Report)

Archery Association of India’s elections could be held on June 9 as notified by secretary Maha Singh after the rival faction, led by acting-president Sunil Sharma, withdrew his May 26 poll notice. (Report)

South Africa on Monday said it would lodge an appeal after Olympic champion Caster Semenya lost her case challenging new rules forcing female athletes to regulate their testosterone levels. (Report)