Weekly Digest: The English prevail at Birmingham, Sindhu loses World C'ship final

A look at the headlines in the world of sport in the week gone by.

England players celebrate after Ben Stokes takes the wicket of Virat Kohli during Day 4 of the first Test match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 4 in Birmingham.   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

India skipper Virat Kohli topped the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, riding on his brilliant century against England in the opening Test at Edgbaston. (REPORT)

Faf du Plessis departed South Africa's third one-day international against Sri Lanka early as a precaution after falling awkwardly on his shoulder. (REPORT)

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin made a ‘symbolic’ move to demonstrate that his fight against a section of the ruling group in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) is not a “battle for personal benefits but for the players’ cause.” (REPORT)

Growing up in Maharashtra's Sangli city, Smriti Mandhana’s childhood mostly revolved around toys and playing in the locality. These days, she toys with bowling attacks and the world is her playground.  (REPORT)

While MS Dhoni at a TNPL event is something that has become customary since the league’s inception, it is the first time Dhoni has come outside of Chennai. (REPORT)

England recalled Chris Woakes in place of Ben Stokes and brought in Ollie Pope to replace the dropped batsman Dawid Malan when it named a 13-man squad for next week’s second Test against India at Lord’s. (REPORT)

India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha underwent a surgery on his shoulder in Manchester under the supervision of the BCCI medical team. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

India's U-16 team produced a spectacular performance to beat AFC U16 reigning champion Iraq 1-0 in the WAFF U16 championship in Jordan which is also India's first ever win over Iraq across all age groups. (REPORT)

Indian U-20 team stunned six-time U-20 world champion Argentina 2-1 at the COTIF cup in Valencia, Spain. (REPORT)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his first MLS hat trick, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 4-minute span in the second in the LA Galaxy’s 4-3 victory over Orlando City on Sunday night. (REPORT)

Brazilian defender Gerson Vieria who impressed during his two-year stint with Mumbai city FC will now be seen in ATK colours in the upcoming Indian Super League. (REPORT)

Thomas Tuchel recorded his first win in charge of Paris Saint-Germain as the Ligue 1 side beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in a thrilling International Champions Cup clash thanks to a stunning late goal from Virgiliu Postolachi. (REPORT)

Cristiano Ronaldo attended Juventus training for the first time on Monday following his post-break. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi is back in Barcelona training for the first time since his World Cup disappointment. (REPORT)

Manchester City announced the signing of defender Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle. (REPORT)

Former Greek footballer Alexis Kougias has appointed his 16-year-old son as the president of third-tier club Ionikos after completing a takeover. (REPORT)

Managers working in English football will be shown yellow and red cards in a revamp of disciplinary rules revealed by the Football Association. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich will not sell Robert Lewandowski even if a bid of €150million is made, according to chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid has confirmed it has agreed a deal with Inter that will see Sime Vrsaljko join the Serie A club. (REPORT)

Alexis Sanchez continued his fine pre-season form in Manchester United's 2-1 win at the International Champions Cup though Vinicius Jr. showed there is life after Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Tottenham ended its International Champions Cup tour on a high as Georges-Kevin N'Koudou's 47th-minute strike gave Spurs a 1-0 win over AC Milan. (REPORT)

Roma scored three goals in eight minutes as the Serie A side twice came from behind to stun Malcom and Barcelona 4-2 at the International Champions Cup. (REPORT)

Lucas Digne has ended his two-season stay with Barcelona to sign a five-year deal with Premier League side Everton. (REPORT)

Russian police unexpectedly released Pussy Riot punk group members early Wednesday while they still face charges for invading the pitch at the World Cup football final in Moscow last month. (REPORT)

Air France Captain Guilhem Perrichet reveals how he got to hold and kiss the World Cup with Paul Pogba singing through the Passenger Address System. (REPORT)

The Football Association (FA) has set up a feasibility study to examine the possibility of England bidding to be the host nation for the 2030 World Cup. (REPORT)

Petr Cech was Arsenal's hero against his former club Chelsea as Unai Emery's side triumphed 6-5 in a penalty shootout after a tremendous 1-1 International Champions Cup draw in Dublin. (REPORT)

FC Pune City signed a match-winner in striker Iain Hume for the 2018-19 Indian Super League (ISL) season. (REPORT)

AC Milan has announced the signings of striker Gonzalo Higuain and defender Mattia Caldara from Juventus, with Leonardo Bonucci going the other way to rejoin the Serie A champion. (REPORT)

Lionel Scaloni has been named as caretaker head coach of Argentina. (REPORT)

Gabriel Jesus has committed his future to Manchester City by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Premier League champion until 2023. (REPORT)

The Premier League unveiled the new Nike Merlin ball for the 2018-19 season and the ball is said to be the most technologically advanced ball yet. (REPORT)

Barcelona has reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich on a three-year contract, the LaLiga champion has announced. (REPORT)

Sevilla has struck a deal with Barcelona to bring right-back Aleix Vidal  back to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for an initial fee of €8.5million, potentially rising to €10.5m. (REPORT)

Alisson pulled on a Liverpool shirt for the first time on Saturday in a crushing 5-0 win over Napoli in Dublin. (REPORT)

Real Madrid demonstrated its potential to enjoy life after Cristiano Ronaldo by thumping his new team Juventus 3-1 in the International Champions Cup. (REPORT)

Andre Silva's dramatic goal with almost the last kick of the game secured a 1-0 victory for AC Milan over an unfamiliar Barcelona side in the International Champions Cup. (REPORT)

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has been named Footballer of the Year by sports writers in Germany. (REPORT)

Burnley has made Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson its first signing of the transfer window in a deal that has equalled its club-record fee. (REPORT)

TENNIS

New serve and warm-up clocks that debuted in ATP and WTA main draws received generally good reviews from players, although hurried warm-ups cut into music time for some. (REPORT)

Martin Klizan maintained his record of winning every ATP Tour final he has been in with a straight-sets success over fellow qualifier Denis Istomin at the Generali Open. (REPORT)

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup due to personal reasons, Tennis Canada has confirmed. (REPORT)

Juan Martin del Potro proved gracious in defeat after Fabio Fognini surprised the world number four to win the Los Cabos Open final in straight sets. (REPORT)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings. (REPORT)

World number two Caroline Wozniacki, the reigning Australian Open champion, withdrew from the WTA Washington Open on Tuesday with a right leg injury. (REPORT)

A tear in the serving shoulder may have disrupted Rohan Bopanna’s preparation for the hard court swing leading up to the US Open and, for a fleeting while, even threatened his participation in the Asian Games in Jakarta (August 19 to 25), but the 38-year-old is in an upbeat mood. (REPORT)

Japan's Kei Nishikori, back on form after a torn right wrist tendon, returns to the scene of his most recent outdoor title hoping to launch another strong US Open run. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORTS

Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff have reconciled the misunderstanding of their comments about his work as a “sensational wingman” following Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. (REPORT)

Max Verstappen has apologised for his "heat of the moment" rant after he was forced to retire at the Hungarian Grand Prix. (REPORT)

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has undergone a lung transplant following an infection picked up on vacation, Vienna's general hospital announced. (REPORT)

Daniel Ricciardo has joined Renault for the 2019 Formula One season following the announcement of his imminent Red Bull departure. (REPORT)

Australia's Anthony West made it to the victory stands unchallenged, recording his fourth win this season in the fourth round of the FIM Asia Road Racing Championship which concluded at the Madras Motor Race Track, on Sunday. (REPORT)

MORE SPORTS

Chinese superstar Lin Dan rolled back the years and made a fast start to his challenge at the Badminton World Championships. (REPORT)

The sixth season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) will begin on October 5th and the final will be played on January 5th 2019. (REPORT)

Indian junior paddlers bagged six medals, including a gold in the team events, following their rich run in the individual events at the Jordan Junior and Cadet Open. (REPORT)

The controversy around some sports being asked to foot their own bill for ceremonial and competition kits at the Asian Games appeared to finally end after both the IOA and the sports ministry insisted that the concerned federations would not have to pay for the same. (REPORT)

Javelin thrower Amit Kumar, who came third in the National inter-state athletics championships in Guwahati last month, has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Federation of India after testing positive for a banned substance. (REPORT)

This time, if things fall in place, the Kho kho Federation of India is set to launch its first-ever franchise-based league. (REPORT)

India’s dream of breaking its 44-year-old last four jinx was shattered as Ireland registered a 3-1 win in the penalty shootout, in the quarterfinal of the women’s hockey World Cup here on Thursday. (REPORT)

Saina Nehwal’s impressive run at the World Championships came to a disappointing end as she suffered a straight-game loss to two-time champion Carolina Marin. (REPORT)

A mammoth 117-shot rally lit up the badminton World Championships quarter-finals on Friday, leaving spectators in giggles and the players panting. (REPORT)

Ten-year-old Clark Kent Apuada made heads turn when he beat Michael Phelps’ 23-year-old record in a 100-meter butterfly event. (REPORT)

US President Donald Trump sniped back at NBA great LeBron James late Friday, days after the basketball player and philanthropist accused him of fueling racial divides in the United States. (REPORT)

Adam Peaty broke his own world record for the 100 metres breaststroke on Saturday with a time of 57.00 seconds in the final of the event at the European Championships in Glasgow. (REPORT)

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar grabbed his maiden European Tour title with a brilliant chip-in eagle on the 17th hole for a one-stroke win over a charging Anthony Quayle of Australia at the Fiji International. (REPORT)

Carolina Marin claimed a slice of history as the Spaniard became the first woman to win three badminton world titles with an emphatic victory over P.V. Sindhu. (REPORT)

Kento Momota became the first Japanese man to win the Badminton World Championships on Sunday, putting behind him a gambling scandal that threatened to ruin his career. (REPORT)

Unbeaten Eleider Alvarez knocked out Sergey Kovalev in the seventh round with a stunning upset victory to capture the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight title. (REPORT)