Weekly Digest (Sep 16-22): From Amit Panghal's worlds silver to Carolina Marin's winning return

While Amit Panghal settled for silver in his phenomenal campaign in the men’s world boxing championships, Vinesh Phogat secured Tokyo Olympics qualification and won a bronze in the world wrestling championships.

Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) had to be content with the silver medal after going down 0-5 to Uzbekistan's reigning Olympic gold medallist Shakhobidin Zoirov at the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Ekaterinburg.   -  PTI

Cricket:

Cheteshwar Pujara: "There are times even after I scored a hundred, I felt like I needed to work on a few things which will help me score better in the next series or the next Test match."   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Cheteshwar Pujara speaks to Subash Jayaraman on the nitty gritty of batting, his favourite Test innings and more in Episode 02 of our cricket Podcast, Couch Talk. (INTERVIEW)

Quinton de Kock struck a quickfire 79 as South Africa trounced India by nine wickets for a series-levelling win in the third and final T20I. (REPORT)

The Supreme Court has allowed the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to conduct elections despite the association being unwilling to comply with or ratify the terms of the new BCCI Constitution as ordered by the apex court. (REPORT)

England paceman Jofra Archer has been awarded a central contract for Test and white-ball cricket for the first time after making an impact during the World Cup and the Ashes. (REPORT)

Kuldeep: ‘I feel my batting is good at the Test level’ (INTERVIEW)

Sri Lanka's cricket board said it will go ahead with its tour of Pakistan despite fears that players could be the targets of terror attacks during the six-match visit. (REPORT)

Allegations of match fixing have surfaced in Tamil Nadu Premier League. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Liverpool made it six wins from six with a 2-1 triumph at Chelsea, which is still without a home win in the Premier League this season. (REPORT)

Manchester United's mini revival was ended by West Ham United as it fell to a 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium. (REPORT)

Juventus returned to winning ways after back-to-back draws in all competitions with a 2-1 comeback win at home to Hellas Verona. (REPORT)

A superb long-range strike from James Maddison five minutes from time gave Leicester City a 2-1 win over Tottenham at the King Power Stadium. (REPORT)

Manchester City returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a stunning 8-0 triumph over sorry Watford to record its biggest ever top-flight victory at the Etihad Stadium. (REPORT)

Manchester City celebrate against Watford   -  Getty Images

PSG did not have Neymar, Kylian Mbappe or Edinson Cavani in its lineup, but the Angel Di Maria’s explosive brace and Thomas Muenier’s goal helped it down Real Madrid 3-0 in the Champions League. (REPORT)

The Indian football team slipped a place to 104th position in the latest FIFA rankings. (REPORT)

Manchester United’s 17-year old Mason Greenwood scored his first goal for the senior team as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men edged out Kazakhstan club Astana 1-0 in their Europa League opener. (REPORT)

WRESTLING

Vinesh Phogat celebrates after beating Maria Prevolaraki of Greece and winning the women's 53kg category bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships.   -  PTI

 

Bajrang Punia became the first Indian wrestler to win three World Championships medals after he won bronze in Kazakhstan, beating Tulga Tomor-Ochiryn of Mongolia. (REPORT)

Deepak Punia, who was set to compete in the final of the men’s freestyle 86kg at the World wrestling championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, has been forced to miss the title clash due to injuries and will settle for the silver medal.(REPORT)

Having his idol Sushil Kumar by his side was a huge privilege for a lesser-known Ravi Dahiya, who achieved the twin target of booking an Olympic quota place, in men’s freestyle 57kg weight, and bagging a World championships medal on debut in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. (INTERVIEW)

Sushil Kumar lost 9-11 to Azerbaijan's Khadzhimurad Gadzhiyev in the opening round of the men's freestyle 74kg category in the World Wrestling Championships at Nur-Sultan, Kazhakstan. (REPORT)

Indian star wrestler Vinesh Phogat reveals that she altered her coaches' strategy for the key Olympic qualification match to come out trumps. (REPORT)
 

HOCKEY

Dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh and striker Lalit Kumar Upadhyay returned to the Indian men’s hockey team for the tour of Belgium where India will play three matches against Belgium and two against Spain from September 26-October 3. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Marin beat Tai Tzu Ying 14-21, 21-17, 21-18 in the final of the China Open.   -  AFP

Triple world champion Carolina Marin retained her China Open title on Sunday, eight months after suffering a career-threatening injury. (Report)

Sai Praneeth suffered a three-game loss to World No. 9 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the quarterfinals to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the China Open World Tour Super 1000 badminton tournament in Changzou on Friday. (REPORT)

Reigning world champion PV Sindhu made an early exit from the China Open after losing a three-game thriller against Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles pre-quarterfinals on Thursday. (REPORT)

The Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straight-game loss to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda to crash out of the China Open badminton tournament here on Thursday. (REPORT)

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a first round ouster at the China Open after slipping to a straight-game defeat to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening round on Wednesday. (REPORT)

BOXING

Indian boxer Amit Panghal’s phenomenal campaign in the men’s world championships ended with a silver medal after he went down to Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in an intense 52kg category final here on Saturday. (REPORT)

Manish Kaushik also walked away with bronze in the 63kg category before going down in the semifinal. (REPORT)

Athletics

Hima Das has been ruled out of IAAF World Championships 2019 with a back injury, the Athletics Federation of India confirmed. (REPORT)

Hima Das will not compete at the IAAF World Championships in Doha.   -  AFP Photo

The IAAF has decided to remove Stockholm from the Diamond League calendar next year. (REPORT)

To achieve her dream of representing India in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Dutee Chand says she needs the required funds to train abroad to improve her performance. (INTERVIEW)


KABADDI

Naveen Kumar registered his 14th consecutive and 15th overall ‘super-10’ in the 2019 Pro Kabaddi League season against Telugu Titans.(Report)

An incredible day of Kabaddi saw two teams stage a comeback of epic proportions. First, U Mumba beat UP Yoddha and later, V. Ajith Kumar's 18 raid points helped Thalaivas draw the game against Puneri Paltan.(Report)

Bengal Warriors’ skipper Maninder Singh produced his best performance in a match, with 18 raid points, to help his side beat Haryana Steelers for the first time in the history of the Pro Kabaddi League. (Report)

 

Puneri Paltan completed a double on Bengaluru Bulls in PKL 7 when it registered a 42-38 win over Rohit Kumar’s side in its final home game in Pune on Friday. (Report)

Jaipur Pink Panthers started its home leg with a tie 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Moreover, Jaipur’s star defender Sandeep Dhull replaced Telugu Titans’ Vishal Bhardwaj at the top of the most tackles point tally in PKL 7.  (Report)

Tamil Thalaivas became the first team to crash out of the qualifying race after U Mumba defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants in Jaipur. (Report)

Motorsport

Sebastian Vettel profited from a hugely tactical Singapore Grand Prix as Ferrari's pit strategy saw him beat team-mate Charles Leclerc for a first victory in over a year. (REPORT)

Nico Hulkenberg remains without a seat for next year after Red Bull confirmed not being interested in roping the German driver, who will be replaced by Esteban Ocon at Renault next year. Haas too showed no interest in welcoming Hulkenberg as it announced an unchanged line up for the next edition. (Read more)

In the National Rally Championship, three people lost their lives at the Maxperience Rally as Gaurav Gill crashed into a motorcycle, just a few hundred metres away from the finish line. (Read more)


Shooting

Bangladesh has joined India and Australia in calling for the inclusion of shooting at the Commonwealth Games in 2022. (READ)

With China virtually out of the race in most events, having bagged the maximum limit of two quotas in each, and with 12 quotas in Korea's kitty thus far, India will have bright chances to pick up the remaining seven Olympic quotas it is eligible to win in the rifle and pistol events at the Asian Championships. (READ) Here is the 48-member Indian squad for the tournament.

The Indian Olympic Association has hit back at top officials of the Commonwealth Games Federation Asia Region for questioning Narinder Batra’s right to call for the boycott of Birmingham 2022. (READ)

Tennis

Newly-crowned US Open champion Bianca Andreescu was honoured with a rally in her hometown of Mississauga, near Toronto. (REPORT)

India’s Sumit Nagal jumped 15 places to achieve a career-high ranking of 159 in the latest ATP men’s singles rankings. (REPORT)

Daniil Medevedev, playing for the first time since his US Open final loss, was at his fluid best at the St. Petersburg Open as he downed Evgeny Donskoy 7-5 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. (REPORT)

Team Europe took a commanding 3-1 lead over Team World in the Laver Cup after the doubles pairing of Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev beat Jack Sock and Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 7-5. Alexander Zverev ultimately clinched the Laver Cup for Europe, with the team beating Team World 13-11. (REPORT)

 

Roger Federer celebrates his Laver Cup win against Nick Kyrgios.   -  Getty Images

 

Roger Federe saved Europe from defeat in the  Laver Cup after beating John Isner in a tight match 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) that takes the tournament down to the final singles match. (Report)

TABLE TENNIS

Sathiyan Gnanasekaran made history on Friday by becoming only the second Indian paddler to reach the last-eight stage of the Asian table tennis championships. (REPORT)

The Indian men’s table tennis team scripted registered its best result at the Asian Championships by securing the fifth position. The team, led by Sharath Kamal, also defeated Iran 3-0 to clinch the gold medal in the first division. (REPORT)