Weekly Digest (May 27- June 2): From Liverpool's sixth European crown to Serena's shock exit in the French Open

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the past week including Liverpool's sixth Champions League title and Serena Williams' shock French Open exit.

Liverpool celebrates its Champions League title win. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sport in the past week including all the action from the ICC Cricket World Cup, Liverpool's Champions League victory and all the shock exits from Roland Garros.

CRICKET

The ICC Cricket World Cup has officially begun. England, Australia, New Zealand and West Indies registered wins in their World Cup openers.

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Ben Stokes, Archer powered England to victory in World Cup opener. The all-rounder top-scored with 89 in England’s 311 for eight, held a brilliant catch in the outfield and took two for 12, including the last wicket, as England won with 61 balls left. (Report) (Interactive)

West Indies thrashed Pakistan by seven wickets at Trent Bridge after dismissing Mickey Arthur's side for 105 inside 22 overs on Friday. (Report) (Interactive)

Matt Henry scalped three for 29 while fifties from openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro set up a 10-wicket victory for New Zealand against Sri Lanka in its first World Cup 2019 match at Cardiff. (Report) (Interactive)

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Beyond countries | Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates Rashid Khan and David Warner share a light moment with Steve Smith. Australia took on Afghanistan at the County Ground in Bristol, with the former winning by seven wickets.   -  Getty Images

David Warner hit an unbeaten half-century on his official return to international cricket as Australia romped to victory by seven wickets in its World Cup opener against Afghanistan. (Report) (Interactive)

Keep up with the points table and standings here.

Sufi Abdul Jalil or 'Chacha Cricket', as he is fondly called, is on his 12th trip to England to support Pakistan in the World Cup. He celebrated 50 years of watching his favourite sport by offering his team noisy support despite a World Cup thumping by West Indies. (Read)

Afghanistan's World Cup campaign will be about showing the world that they are more than just a feel-good story from a conflict-driven nation. (Read)

FOOTBALL

Liverpool wins the UEFA Champions League for the sixth time! Jurgen Klopp ended his and Liverpool's wait for silverware as Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi bookended a 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp has had a miserable record in major finals but his trophy drought is at an end, after a painful 2,576 days.

Brazilian superstar Neymar has been accused of raping a woman in Paris. The Paris Saint-Germain player has denied the charges.

The Indian men's football team's 23-member squad for the upcoming King's Cup was announced on Saturday evening, with Nishu Kumar and Jobby Justin missing out.

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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Manu Bhaker bagged an Olympic quota place in women’s air pistol at the Munich World Cup on Wednesday.   -  Getty Images

 

Manu Bhaker missed a medal by 0.1 point but captured the more important Olympic quota place in women’s air pistol in the shooting World Cup in Munich on Wednesday.(Report)

The Sports Ministry, on a request from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), has asked the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to conduct dope tests for all state meets. (Report)

Rifle shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar was on Wednesday elevated to the core group of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). (Report)

Indian shooting was at its best as the team swept 10 gold medals in the mixed air rifle and air pistol events, along with a silver to boot, to provide a heady climax to the World Cup in Munich on Thursday. (Report)

NBA Finals 2019: Toronto took down the two-time defending champion Warriors 118-109 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday and now hold a 1-0 series lead. (Report)

Tiger Woods made a solid start to the Memorial Tournament on Thursday, launching his latest tilt at Sam Snead's record for tour victories with a two-under-par 70. (Report)

The world chess body (FIDE) on Monday decided to restore the Elo ratings of dozens of Indian players, whose were banned by the All-India Chess Federation. (Report)

Asian Games gold medalist Rahi Sarnobat beat reigning World and former Olympic champion Olena Kostevych 37-36 for the gold and an Olympic quota in women’s sports pistol in the Shooting World Cup in Munich on Monday. (Report)

Tiger Woods is back into the top five of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since June 2014. (Report)

The new season of the Pro Kabaddi League is scheduled to begin from July 20, the tournament organiser Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd. announced on Tuesday. (Report)

In yet another embarrassing doping episode for Indian wrestling, under-23 Asian Championship silver medallist Reena has flunked a dope test, resulting in a provisional suspension. (Report)

Kiren Rijiju becomes the new Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports. (Report)

Rashid Khan, the Indian golfer, met Amit Luthra, a Delhi Golf Club (DGC) committee member, and submitted a letter to him charting his terms of settlement in a bid to restore his playing rights at the golf course. (Report)

Hockey India on Saturday unveiled a new-look official playing kit for the senior Indian hockey teams. (Report)