Weekly Digest (Aug 12-18): From Smith's injury to Barcelona's shock loss in La Liga opener

Steve Smith suffered a blow to the neck from Jofra Archer's bouncer as the second Ashes Test ended in a thrilling draw. Barcelona was stunned by a Aritz Aduriz goal as it lost 0-1 at Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga opening match.

Steve Smith was out of the second Ashes Test after being hit on the neck by Jofra Archer.   -  Getty Images

Cricket:

Former India and Tamil Nadu opener V. B. Chandrasekhar passed away in Chennai. Police suspect it to be a case of suicide. Tributes poured in for ‘VB’ as he is popularly known, who is survived by his wife and two daughters (Read more).

It’s two more years for Ravi Shastri as he pipped Mike Hesson, Robin Singh, Tom Moody and Lalchand Rajput to be reappointed head coach of Team India. (Read more)

Mike Hesson lost out another coaching gig as former Protean coach Russell Doming beat him to be appointed the head coach of the Bangladesh cricket team. (Read more)

England may not have figured out how to dismiss Steve Smith but a Jofra Archer bouncer forced him to sit out the remainder of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s with delayed concussion. He is unlikely to feature in the third Test at Leeds. (Read more)

Cricket returns to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1998 with women’s T20 cricket all set to be featured in the games in Birmingham in 2022. (Read more)

India cruised to an easy 2-0 win in the three-match ODI series against West Indies. Skipper Virat Kohli scored his 43rd ODI century. (Read more)

India's domestic season kicked off with India Green and India Blue taking on each other in the Duleep Trophy. Bad light and overnight rain forced the second day of play to be called off. (Day One report)

NADA will start testing the players registered under BCCI during the next Duleep Trophy contest in Bengaluru. (Read more)

Brendon McCullum is back in Kolkata Knight Riders’ colours as he takes over as its coach for the next season. (Read more)

Interesting changes are coming to cricket. From microchipped cricket balls to ones that will make a switch from leather to a more vegan option, interesting changes are coming to cricket. (Read more)

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Football:

All’s fair in love and VAR, it seems. Manchester City was denied a last-gasp winner and had to settle for a draw with Tottenham, ending its 16-match winning streak in the Premier League.(Read more)

It’s a double blow for Barcelona as it lost its LaLiga opener against Athletic Bilbao 0-1 and Luis Suarez to an injury in the process. (Read more)

Adrian was the name on everyone’s lips as he saved a Tammy Abraham penalty to help Liverpool beat Chelsea 5-4 on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup. (Read more)

UEFA Player of the Year nominations are out. Virgil van Dijk joins Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the three-man shortlist for the award. (Read more)

Pro Kabaddi League:

 It’s been a dull week at home for Gujarat Fortunegiants, going winless in the Ahmedabad leg of the ProKabaddi League with a loss to Jaipur Pink Panthers in the final game of the week. (Read more)

With action moving to Chennai, the home jinx seems to have caught up with the Tamil Thalaivas who lost to Bengaluru Bulls 32-21. (Read more)

Tamil Thalaivas and Indian national team captain Ajay Thakur has been nominated for the Arjuna Award, news journalists broke to him at the post-match presser. (Read more)



Tennis:

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seven-time champion Roger Federer were knocked out of the Cincinnati Open, thumped by Daniil Medvedev (Read More) and Andrey Rublev (Read More) and Daniil Medvedev respectively.

More sports:

The National Sporting Honour nominations are out. Para-athlete Deepa Malik has been recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna along with Bajrang Punia. Ravindra Jadeja has been nominated for the Arjuna Award . (Read more)

Table Tennis:


Harmeet Desai and Ayhika Mukherjee were all smiles as they took the men’s and women’s singles titles in the UTT-South Zone National ranking table tennis championships at the Jimmy George indoor stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. (Report)

Badminton:

Thai Open champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pulled out of the Badminton World Championships in Basel. Satwiksairaj is still recovering from shoulder pain while Chirag is suffering from abdomen discomfort. (Read More)

Indian badminton player H. S. Prannoy lashed out after being overlooked for the coveted Arjuna award, saying that knowing people who can push a nomination is more important than performances on court. (Read More)

Motorsport:

In a milestone moment for motorsport in India, Aishwarya Pissay created history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a motorsport title. Pissay finished first in the FIM World Cup with a tally of 65 points and finished placed second in the junior category with 46 points. (Report)

Red Bull shocked the world by replacing underperforming Frenchman Pierre Gasly with Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon to drive alongside Max Verstappen. (Read more)

In MotoGP, Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso scripted a thrilling Austrian GP victory, as he surpassed Marc Marquez on the final corner at the end of an enthralling battle at Spielberg. Dovizioso, with the victory, now enjoys a 58-point lead at the top of the riders’ standings. (Report)

Shooting:

Commonwealth Games Federation chief Louise Martin has confirmed that shooting with not be a part of the Birmingham edition. Meanwhile, Australia seems likely to follow India in its bid to boycott the games. (Report)

A 114-score effort by Rajeshwari Kumari in the Shotgun World Cup in Finland has strengthened her chances of getting back into the national side and her resolve to win the Olympic quota in the Asian Championship in Doha in November. (Report)

Athletics:

The only high-profile name in the tournament, Dutee Chand expectedly won the 100m at the fifth Indian Grand Prix in Patiala. Archana Suseendran won the 200m in 23.18 seconds, by recording the third fastest time in India since 2004, behind only Hima Das and Dutee. (Report)

Hockey:

The Indian women’s team held World No.2 Australia to a 2-2 draw in its second game in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo. (Report)