Weekly Digest: From India's first World Cup 2019 loss to a tough Wimbledon draw for Rafael Nadal

A look at all the important events from the world of sports in the week gone by.

From (L-R): Jonny Bairstow celebrates his first World Cup century; of the big three, it's Rafael Nadal who has the most difficult obstacles blocking his path to the Wimbledon final, with possible clashes against Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer

From (L-R): Jonny Bairstow celebrates his first World Cup century; of the big three, it's Rafael Nadal who has the most difficult obstacles blocking his path to the Wimbledon final, with possible clashes against Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, on Monday, said Virat Kohli fan Babar Azam should learn to play like his “idol” and convert good starts into big knocks by adapting to match situations. (REPORT)

Former Test batsman Mohsin Hasan Khan is set to return to an important role in Pakistan cricket, either as chief selector or national team manager, after the World Cup ends, said a person familiar with the matter. (REPORT)

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, on Monday, was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup 2019 through injury. Nursing a hamstring injury, Russell didn’t play in West Indies’ five-run defeat against New Zealand in their last game. (REPORT)

Indian players who made the World Cup squad, but never got a game. (REPORT)

Australia's David Warner and Aaron Finch registered their fifth consecutive 50+ runs partnership when the duo brought up Australia's 50 in 12 overs. (REPORT)

Match of the fortnight: New Zealand vs South Africa (REPORT)

Catch of the fortnight: Trent Boult's dismissal of Carlos Brathwaite (REPORT)

Mayhem in the middle: Eoin Morgan's assault against Afghanistan (REPORT)

India moved closer to the semifinals after extending its unbeaten run in World Cup 2019 with a dominant 125-run win over West Indies. (REPORT)

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for “showing dissent” during the side's ICC World Cup match against India. (REPORT)

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult claimed the second hat-trick of the World Cup 2019 in the league stage match against Australia at Lord's on Saturday. (REPORT)

In the match against England in Birmingham on Sunday, Kohli became the first captain to score five successive half-centuries in the tournament. (REPORT)

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that the global body is working with the authorities to ensure that there are no further untoward incident like the clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during a World Cup match in Leeds on Saturday. (REPORT)

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A HAPPY LOT: Eoin Morgan and Co. leave the pitch after having defeated India by 31 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

 

India’s suffered its first defeat in the World Cup after Eoin Morgan's men found a toehold to stay alive thanks to their 31-run win on Sunday. (REPORT)

Former India captain and junior coach Rahul Dravid will move to a bigger cricketing role on Monday when he takes charge of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore on a two-year contract. (REPORT)

 

FOOTBALL

Manchester United completed the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for a reported £50million. (REPORT)

Egypt striker Amr Warda was welcomed back into its African Cup of Nations squad 48 hours after he was suspended for disciplinary reasons. (REPORT)

A return to Barcelona appears on the cards for Neymar. The Brazilian looks set to leave Paris Saint-Germain, with Barca and LaLiga rival Real Madrid reportedly interested. (REPORT)

Amidst the growing uncertainty surrounding the future of Indian football, the All India Football Federation's president, Praful Patel, has agreed to meet the I-League clubs on July 3. The AIFF's executive committee meeting, which was initially scheduled for the same day, has now been postponed to July 9. (REPORT)

Copa America 2019

Lautaro Martinez and Giovani Lo Celso were on target for Argentina as it downed Venezuela 2-0 to set up a mouth-watering Copa America semifinal against host Brazil. (REPORT)

Luis Suarez missed his spot-kick as Uruguay suffered a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat to Peru in the Copa America quarterfinal following a 0-0 draw in Salvador. (REPORT)

Chile kept its Copa America title defence alive as Alexis Sanchez converted the decisive penalty to edge Colombia in a shoot-out in the quarterfinal. (REPORT)

Brazil scraped into the semifinal with a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over Paraguay, with Alisson making one save and Gabriel Jesus converting the winner in a 4-3 success. (REPORT)

Women's World Cup 2019

England cruised into a second consecutive semifinal courtesy of goals from Jill Scott, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze in a dominant 3-0 win over Norway. (REPORT)

Megan Rapinoe was the United States' match winner for the second game running as she netted another brace to help the holder beat host France 2-1 in Paris and set up a Women's World Cup semifinal clash with England. (REPORT)

Stina Blackstenius was the hero once again as Sweden came from behind to defeat Germany 2-1 and advance to the semifinal. (REPORT)

Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie van der Gragt headed the Netherlands to a 2-0 win over Italy and into the semifinal for the first time. (REPORT)

 

TENNIS

Who will win Wimbledon? Unlike on the men’s side, a new era has dawned in women’s tennis. How will the rising stars stack up against established stars like Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova? Let’s find out. (REPORT)

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Novak Djokovic is the defending champion in men's singles at Wimbledon.   -  AP

 

Karolina Pliskova laid down a huge marker ahead of Wimbledon with a dominant 6-1 6-4 victory over Angelique Kerber in Saturday's Nature Valley International final. (REPORT)

Sumit Nagal lost to Danilo Petrovic in the semifinals of the ATP Challenger tournament in Milan, Italy. (REPORT)

Of the big three, it's Rafael Nadal who has the most difficult obstacles blocking his path to the Wimbledon final, with possible clashes against Nick Kyrgios, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer. (REPORT)

American Taylor Fritz and Italian Lorenzo Sonego claimed their first ATP Tour titles on Saturday. (REPORT)

Petra Kvitova expects to be able to play at Wimbledon after testing an arm injury on the All England Club practice courts. She had pulled out of the French Open. (REPORT)

Indians in Wimbledon draw: While Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the only Indian in the singles main draw, the men’s doubles sees five Indians in the fray. (REPORT)

Former World No. 8 and 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis said Wimbledon will be his final tournament. (REPORT)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert will partner former world number one Andy Murray at Wimbledon 2019. Andy's brother Jamie Murray – a two-time slam winner in men's doubles - is in the same side of the draw, playing with Neal Skupski. (REPORT)

Canada’s injured Bianca Andreescu is out of Wimbledon 2019. (REPORT)

 

MOTORSPORT

Max Verstappen made an incredible recovery to win the Austrian Grand Prix after forcing Charles Leclerc off track in a gripping late battle. (REPORT)

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Charles Leclerc looked set to claim his maiden Formula One win at the Red Bull Ring, but the Ferrari driver was passed by Max Verstappen on lap 69 of 71.   -  Getty Images

 

The first turn at Austria's Red Bull Ring was named the Niki Lauda Kurve in memory of the late three-time F1 champion. (REPORT)

Maverick Vinales pipped Marc Marquez for his first MotoGP win of the season at the Dutch TT as Fabio Quartararo again failed to convert pole position. (REPORT)

 

MORE SPORTS

Mehuli Ghosh shoots more than Apurvi Chandela's world record in junior women's air rifle in the National shooting selection trials in Delhi on Monday. (REPORT)

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Mehuli Ghosh happy to wind up with a 10.5 off the last shot and a world record score of 254.0 in junior women's air rifle in the National shooting selection trials in Delhi on Monday.   -  Kamesh Srinivasan

 

India assured of Snooker World Cup medal as Advani, Rawat guide the team to a 3-0 victory over Iran in the quarterfinal tie. (REPORT)

Monu clinches gold in Kumar Surendra Singh Championship after Sarabjot fumbles in the last series. (REPORT)

P. Saravana Krishnan stuns L. Narayanan in Commonwealth Chess Championship as 17 share the lead. (REPORT)

Veer Chotrani is crowned Asian U-19 squash champion. (REPORT)

Dennis van de Pol to conduct 7-day camp with Indian hockey goalkeepers. (REPORT)

India loses to Pakistan in Asian team snooker championship final. (REPORT)

Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade wants to face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez after outclassing Maciej Sulecki. (REPORT)

After a successful campaign in Philippines where the Indian women's team came third in the Asia Rugby's Women's Championship, the bronze medallists are happy to see dividends for their efforts. (REPORT)

Indian team leaves for Shotgun World Championship. (REPORT)

Indian archers eye Moscow qualification at Berlin World Cup. (REPORT)