Weekly Digest: From Hima Das' golden run to Algeria's AFCON success

From Hima Das' golden run on the tracks to Algeria's stunning AFCON title win, here's a round-up of all that happened in the world of sports this week.

(L) Hima Das has claimed five gold medals this month. (R)Algeria celebrates its AFCON title win.   -  PTI/ AP


India's squad for the West Indies tour was announced on Sunday. Rishabh Pant was selected across all three formats, while seamer Jasprit Bumrah was rested for the limited overs leg of the tour. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is rested for the whole tour. (REPORT)

Former India captain M.S. Dhoni made himself “unavailable” for the Indian team’s tour of West Indies. An Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army, it is learnt that Dhoni will be spending better part of the next two months with his regiment. (REPORT)

The custodians of cricket laws, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is likely to review the overthrow rules in the aftermath of the controversy that rocked the just-concluded World Cup final between New Zealand and England. (REPORT)

Retired umpire Simon Taufel confirmed that England should have been awarded five runs and not six as it was in the World Cup final, which the host went on to win on account of boundaries, after the regulation match and the Super Over ended in a tie. (REPORT)

England captain Eoin Morgan admitted that he is troubled with the way the 2019 World Cup ended and felt the result wasn't fair despite winning the title. (REPORT)

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who awarded England six runs from a freak overthrow in the last over of the World Cup final, has admitted he made a “judgemental error” and should have given one run fewer. (REPORT)

The ICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) with immediate effect to ensure the sport is kept free of political interference. (REPORT)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) has invited fresh applications for the head coach and support staff of the India men's cricket team. (REPORT)

England's World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan and recently retired South African JP Duminy were the big names roped in for the upcoming edition of the Bangladesh Premier League. (REPORT)

Ambati Rayudu’s sarcasm-laden ‘3D tweet’ might have hastened his international retirement but chairman of selectors MSK Prasad defended the recently-retired Hyderabadi’s non-exclusion from the World Cup squad, asserting that his panel cannot be accused of bias. (REPORT)

Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald. (REPORT)

Pakistan's chief selector Inzamam ul-Haq stepped down as the chief selector on Wednesday but was open to take up any new assignment from the Cricket Board. (REPORT)

England has given Jason Roy his first Test call-up to face Ireland after the Surrey opener played a key role in his country’s historic World Cup triumph. (REPORT)

The Tamil Nadu Premier League season 4 was underway in Dindigul as Ravi Ashwin's Dindigul Dragons got off to a winning start in the tournament opener against Chepauk Super Gillies. (REPORT)



Algeria became the Africa Cup of Nations champion for a second time as it edged Senegal 1-0 in a scrappy final. (REPORT)

DPR Korea was crowned the Intercontinental Cup winner as it completed a 1-0 victory over Tajikistan in the final at the EKA Arena, Ahmedabad. (REPORT)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale is close to leaving the club after he was left out of the International Champions Cup clash against Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Gareth Bale's agent has branded Zinedine Zidane "a disgrace" and insists the Wales winger will only leave Real Madrid on his own terms. (REPORT)

Neymar returned to training with PSG a week later than his team-mates and days after controversially claiming his best football memory was beating PSG when he played for Barcelona. (REPORT)

Juventus has signed the much-coveted Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for an initial €75million on a five-year contract. (REPORT)

West Ham has completed the club-record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for a reported fee of £45million. (REPORT)

Portuguese side Porto has confirmed goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who suffered a heart attack in May, will join its backroom staff ahead of the upcoming season. (REPORT)

Sweden international Kosovare Asllani became the first signing for Real Madrid's women's team after a stellar Women's World Cup. (REPORT)

Newcastle United has confirmed the appointment of ex-Sunderland boss Steve Bruce as its new head coach, replacing departed manager Rafael Benitez. (REPORT)

Fabian Delph has moved from Manchester City to Everton, signing a three-year contract. (REPORT)

Filipe Luis has confirmed his departure from Atletico Madrid after eight seasons with the La Liga club. (REPORT)

Cameroon sacked head coach Clarence Seedorf and assistant Patrick Kluivert after the AFCON defending champion was knocked out in the round of 16 this year. (REPORT)

Herve Renard has resigned as coach of Morocco after three and a half years in charge following the team's round of 16 exit from the Africa Cup of Nations. (REPORT)

Frank Lampard tasted defeat for the first time as Chelsea head coach as his side went down 1-0 to Kawasaki Frontale. (REPORT)

Huddersfield Town has claimed to be releasing a new home shirt featuring a giant sash emblazoned with the name of a betting agency which appeared to have contravene Football Association regulations. (REPORT)

Turkish giant Fenerbahce has avoided a ban from UEFA competitions despite breaching its Financial Fair Play (FFP) agreement in 2018-19. (REPORT)

Former Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes de Souza, who was jailed in 2010 for ordering the killing of the mother of his child, Eliza SamŴdio, was relased from prison to serve his 22-year sentence in house arrest.  (REPORT)

Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo is in a serious condition in hospital following brain surgery. (REPORT)

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been banned for six weeks – four of which are suspended – and fined £75,000 for breaching FA betting rules. (REPORT)


Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant requested the Prime Minister’s Office  to intervene and help the state’s popular club, Churchill Brothers, in overcoming the crisis currently facing Indian football.  (REPORT)

The Indian men's football team will begin its FIFA World Cup 2022 Asian Qualifiers second round campaign against Oman on September 5, 2019. (REPORT)

Narender Gahlot struck for India while Firas AlKhatib got the equaliser for Syria as India ended its  1-1 draw in its final outing of the  Hero Intercontinental Cup. (REPORT)

Durand Cup, Asia’s oldest club competition, will be hosted by India after a gap of three years and will feature 16 teams, including six each from I-League and Indian Super League, battle it out across six venues.  (REPORT)

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia is likely to end his club career in East Bengal colours eight years after retiring from international football. (REPORT)

Sports minister, Kiren Rijiju has said that the ministry will ‘provide extra financial help’ to Indian football. (REPORT)

Indian Super League club Jamshedpur FC signed Spanish midfielder Aitor Monroy. (REPORT)

Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters FC has completed the signing of Senegalese midfielder Mouhamadou Moustapha Gning. (REPORT)

Fernando Santiago Varela is back as Gokulam Kerala’s coach, taking over from Gift Raikhan, who has returned to Neroca FC. (REPORT)


Taking a big step forward, Indian youngster Sumit Nagal on Sunday assured himself a maiden appearance in the main draw of an ATP 500 tournament, qualifying for the Hamburg European Open. (REPORT)

Veteran Leander Paes could only match his season’s best performance as he lost a fiercely-fought semifinal alongside partner Marcus Daniell at the ATP Hall of Fame Open here Sunday. (REPORT)

Rohan Bopanna finally got his hands on the Arjuna award, as he received it from the union sports minister Kiren Rijiju here on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Bernard Tomic has failed to recoup the prize money he was docked at Wimbledon and the Australian was also hit with a verbal volley from the Grand Slam board. (REPORT)

Angelique Kerber revealed it was "the right time for a fresh start" after announcing she has parted ways with coach Rainer Schuttler. (REPORT)

37-year-old former Chinese star Li Na on Saturday became the first Asian-born player to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. (REPORT)

The unseeded Fiona Ferro took Alize Cornet apart in the final set of an all-French final to win her maiden WTA title at the Ladies Open Lausanne. (REPORT)

The U.S. Open total purse this year is more than $57 million, the richest in tennis history. (REPORT)

Indian Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan was beaten 7-6(5), 6-0 by Ugo Humbert of France in the pre-quarterfinals of the $652,245 ATP tennis tournament in Newport, US. (REPORT)

Aspiring young tennis player Pari Singh was deprived of the precious five-week exposure on the European circuit as part of the ITF Asian under-14 team, as repeated attempts to secure the Schengen visa failed. (REPORT)


India’s top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event after going down to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets. This was Deepika’s first individual final in a world event since she won a gold at the third stage of the World Cup in Salt Lake City in June, 2018. In the men’s category, India had a forgettable outing with country’s top-ranked Atanu Das making a second round exit, losing to Bae Jaehyeon of Korea 4-6. Army duo of Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav lost in their respective first round matches. (REPORT)


Hima Das clocked a season-best 52.09s as she won the women’s 400m gold (her fifth in three weeks) in the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix on Saturday evening. Hima has been running a series of 200m in the last few weeks and this was her first 400m after she retired midway through quartermile heats at the Asian championships in Doha in April. (REPORT)

India is in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay (Muhammed Anas, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv and M. R. Poovamma)  with Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain being handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing a dope test. (REPORT)

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson cruised to victory in the 200 metres at the Anniversary Games in London on Saturday as home favourite Laura Muir destroyed the field in the 1500m. lympic champion Elaine Thompson cruised to victory in the 200 metres at the Anniversary Games in London on Saturday as home favourite Laura Muir destroyed the field in the 1500m. (REPORT)

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce cruised to victory against home star Dina Asher-Smith in the women’s 100 metres at the London Anniversary Games, crossing the line in a time of 10.78 seconds. (REPORT)


Sindhu finishes runner-up at Indonesia Open

P.V. Sindhu missed out on her first title of the year and the first Super 1000 title of her career after she was beaten in straight games by Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the final of Indonesia Open. Sindhu lost the match 21-15, 21-16 in less than an hour. Despite the loss, it was a season’s best performance for P.V. SIndhu, who had reached the semifinals at Singapore and India Open earlier this year. (Report)  While Srikanth lost in the pre-quarterfinals, H.S. Prannoy and Sai Praneeth bowed out in the first round.

India’s top shuttlers have missed his court-side presence this year but national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says he can’t really help cutting down on travelling as that would come in the way of finding the next crop of world-beaters. (REPORT)


Prithu Gupta, aged 15 years, four months and 10 days,  became India’s 64th Grandmaster. He met all technical stipulations needed to be a GM following the fourth round of the Portugese League. (REPORT)


The seventh edition of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) got off to an exciting start as defending champion Bengaluru Bulls claimed a tense 34-32 win over three-time champion Patna Pirates, while U Mumba secured a 31-26 win over home side Telugu Titans at the Gachibowli Stadium on Saturday. (REPORT)

Tamil Thalaivas got off to a winning start in the Pro Kabaddi League season 7 campaign, Gujarat Fortunegiants exacted revenge over defending champion Bengaluru Bulls. (REPORT)


India topped the medals table at the Junior World Cup with gold, nine silver and five bronze for a total of 24 medals. (Round-up)


India’s men and women overcame England in contrasting finals to repeat their last year’s team championship double-gold medal feat at Commonwealth Games by lifting the glittering trophies on the third day of the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship in Cuttack. (REPORT)


Shane Lowry defeated the elements and his rivals in stunning fashion to become a major winner for the first time, recording a commanding six-shot victory for an emotional Open Championship triumph at Royal Portrush. (REPORT)

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