Weekly Digest (Sep 23-30): From Coleman and Fraser-Pryce's dominance to a Mercedes comeback

Dabang Delhi reached the PKL playoffs for the first time in its history by beating Puneri Paltan. Liverpool maintained it perfect start to the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United.

USA's Christian Coleman clinched gold in the World Athletic Championships to be crowned the fastest man on earth. All this and more in this week's digest.   -  Getty Images

CRICKET

India suffered a big blow ahead of the Test series against South Africa, with Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out after sustaining a minor stress fracture in his lower back (Report)

CoA chief, Vinod Rai, has quashed reports of India head coach Ravi Shastri’s appointment coming under scanner if the Cricket Advisory Committee is found conflicted. (Report)

Former India captain Rahul Dravid deposed before BCCI ethics officer, Justice (Retired) D.K. Jain, in Mumbai to explain the conflict of interest allegations levelled against him. (Report)

Vijay Shankar opens up on missing the World Cup with injury, road to recovery and more.  (Interview)

Lance Klusener, the former South Africa all-rounder, has been named the head coach of Afghanistan cricket team. (Report)

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was elected as the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, after he won the polls 147-73. (Report)

India head coach Ravi Shastri has said he believes in the talent and match-winning abilities of wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant. (Report)

Breaking the glass ceiling, Rupa Gurunath became the first woman president of a BCCI State Association. (Report)

FOOTBALL

Peerless SC could become the first club other than East Bengal, Mohun Bagan and Mohammedan SC in the past 60 years to lift the Calcutta Football League after it beat George Telegraph SC 2-0. (REPORT)

The Indian U-18 football team clinched the SAFF U-18 Championship title for the first time by defeating Bangladesh U-18s 2-1 in the final in Kathmandu (REPORT)

Real Madrid climbed to the top of the La-Liga table with a goalless draw against bitter rival Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby. (REPORT)

Liverpool maintained its 100 per cent start to the Premier League season as Dean Henderson's howler handed it a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. (REPORT)

Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez were on target as Manchester City kept it chase of Premier League leader Liverpool alive with a hard-fought 3-1 win over Everton. (REPORT)

Kylian Mbappe marked his return from injury by teeing up Neymar for the only goal of the game as Paris Saint-Germain got back to winning ways in Ligue 1 with a 1-0 triumph at Bordeaux. (REPORT)

A Jorginho penalty and a deflected strike from Willian earned Chelsea its first home Premier League win under Frank Lampard as it beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 (REPORT)

Luis Suarez set Barcelona, which was without Lionel Messi due to an injury, on its way to a first away victory of the La Liga season as it won 2-0 at Getafe (REPORT)

Athletics

Allyson Felix became the most decorated performer in World Athletics Championships history as she helped the United States to victory in the mixed-gender 4x400m relay. (REPORT)

The Indian 4x400 metres mixed relay team finished seventh in the final at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday. USA won the gold. (REPORT)

Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce won her fourth women's 100 metres world title in Doha on Sunday in stunning style. (REPORT)

23-year-old American Christian Coleman, who escaped a doping ban earlier this month on a technicality, swept over the finish line in a world-leading 9.76sec to claim his first major outdoor 100m championship gold medal at the 2019 IAAF World Championships. (REPORT)

SWIMMING

India finished with a record tally of 52 medals (15 golds, 19 silvers, 18 bronzes), 12 better than the previous best at Tashkent, 2017, as the swimming competitions at 10th Asian Age Group Championship drew to a close. (REPORT)

Australian swimming ace Stephanie Rice is set to open the Stephanie Rice Swim Academy in India. (INTERVIEW)

WRESTLING

World Championship silver medallist wrestler Deepak Punia has jumped to world number one position in 86kg but Bajrang Punia lost the top rank in the 65kg category in the latest rankings issued by the international federation (UWW). (REPORT)

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is likely to sack men’s free style national coach Hossein Karimi, six months after the Iranian was hired on a contract till the Tokyo Olympics (REPORT)

TENNIS

Sumit Nagal claimed his career's second Challenger title, easing past World No. 166 Facundo Bagnis in the final of the Buenos Aires Challenger. (REPORT)

As the Tennis Premier League returns soon, Leander Paes hopes India's young blood benefits from the opportunity of playing with the veterans. (INTERVIEW)

KABADDI

Pardeep Narwal became the first raider to reach 1100 raid points mark during Patna Pirates’ loss against Dabang Delhi. (Report)

Naveen Kumar became the fastest raider to reach 400 raid points. He broke Bengal Warriors skipper Maninder Singh’s record by five matches. He also registered his 17th consecutive ‘Super-10’ in the same match.(Report)

Puneri Paltan became the second team to crash out from the playoffs race.(Report)

Dabang Delhi entered the semifinals of the Pro Kabaddi League for the first time ever. (Report)

Haryana Steelers became the third team to seal a berth in the playoffs after Delhi and Bengal.(Report)

Pankaj Mohite has surprised many with his raids and taken huge strides form being a super-sub to one of the names on the starting 7. (Interview)

HOCKEY

Mandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored in the second half to help Indian men's hockey team to a 2-0 win over an experimental Belgium side in the first of the three Test matches. (REPORT)

Dragflicker Gurjit Kaur’s last minute goal saw Indian women beat Great Britain 2-1 in a thrilling opening encounter of the five-match Test series at Marlow. (REPORT)

Dragflicker Harmanpreet Singh scored a brace as Indian men's hockey team routed European runner-up Spain 6-1 in the first of the two-Test matches at Antwerp. (REPORT)

Harmanpreet scored yet another brace as Indian men's hockey team made it three wins on the trot in the tour of Belgium with a 5-1 thrashing of Spain. (REPORT)

Indian forward Lalremsiami scored a vital equaliser in the second half as Indian women's hockey team held Great Britain to a 1-1 draw at Marlow in the second Test match. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Top-ranked Kento Momota of Japan clinched the men’s singles title at the Korea Open badminton tournament on Sunday with a win over number two Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan. (REPORT)

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap’s impressive run at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament came to an end after he lost to world number 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the men’s singles semifinals in Incheon on Saturday. (REPORT)

India had a bad start to its women's singles campaign at the Korea Open with P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal crashing out in the first round on Wednesday. (REPORT)

India's B. Sai Praneeth retired midway through the second game of his first-round match at the Korea Open Super 500 tournament on Wednesday. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Ferrari’s run of victories was brought to an end at Sochi in the Russian GP as Mercedes clinched a one-two finish led by Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s race was brought to an early end as his car underwent mechanical failure, while Charles Leclerc had to settle for the third spot on the podium despite his provisional pole in qualifying. (Report)

McLaren announced the end of its partnership with Renault as its engine supplier as it will be powered by Mercedes until the 2024 season, starting next year. (Read more)

India’s Jehan Daruvala secured a historic feat as he finished overall third in the FIA Formula 3 Championship, thereby capping off the best season ever by an Indian in an official F1 feeder series. (Read more)

SHOOTING

Shooting legend Jaspal Rana, on Wednesday, lauded Narinder Batra for backing shooting but did not agree with the IOA chief’s suggestion that India should stop competing at the Commonwealth Games. (READ)