Weekly Digest (May 3-9): From IPL's postponement to Hamilton's fifth consecutive Spanish Grand Prix triumph

From the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) to Lewis Hamilton's fifth successive Spanish GP title, here are the main sporting headlines from the week gone by.

The BCCI is looking for an alternate window to resume the IPL-14 season this year.   -  SPORTZPICS

From the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) to Lewis Hamilton's fifth successive Spanish GP title, here are the main sporting headlines from the week gone by.

CRICKET

The BCCI indefinitely postponed the Indian Premier League on Tuesday after several players and support staff tested positive for COVID-19. (REPORT)

Nauman Ali took five wickets as Pakistan closed in on victory by an innings having reduced host Zimbabwe to 220 for nine at stumps on the third day. (REPORT)

Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari and Mohammed Shami returned to the Indian squad for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the subsequent five-Test series in England. (FULL SQUAD)

Ravindra Jadeja returned to India's Test squad for the WTC final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series versus England.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

The Indian team will complete an eight-day hard quarantine in Mumbai before leaving on June 2 for a marathon tour of the United Kingdom. (REPORT)

New Zealand batsman Tim Seifert, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been refused permission to board a repatriation flight from India to New Zealand. Later on Saturday, bowler Prasidh Krishna tested positive, bringing the tally of cricketers contracting COVID-19 in the KKR camp to four. (REPORT)

Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd has extended support to the people of Tamil Nadu in the fight against the surging COVID-19 second wave by arranging the delivery of 450 Oxygen concentrators in the State. (REPORT)

The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 league will be held in Abu Dhabi from November 19 to December 2, the tournament organisers said on Thursday. (REPORT)

The Mumbai police arrested three bookies - Parvesh Bafna, Ayushi Kesarkar and Chetan Salecha - for running a betting syndicate from a team hotel following a tip off from the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit. The three were staying in a plush South Mumbai hotel in April where Rajasthan Royals was camped during the Mumbai leg of the Indian Premier League. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Chelsea retained the Women's Super League title and became the all-time record champion in the English game by beating Manchester City to first place on Sunday. (REPORT)

 

Magdalena Eriksson and Millie Bright of Chelsea lift the Barclays FA Women's Super League Trophy.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Bayern Munich on Saturday earned its ninth consecutive Bundesliga title after RB Leipzig's 3-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund and its own later 6-0 demolition of Borussia Moenchengladbach which puts it 10 points clear with two games left to play. (REPORT)

Goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent Chelsea into a Champions League final showdown with Manchester City as it outclassed Real Madrid to win 2-0 for a 3-1 aggregate triumph at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. (REPORT) City, which will play its first Champions League final, got past Real Madrid.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reached a major final as Manchester United manager for the first time after a 3-2 defeat to AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico was enough to earn his side an 8-5 aggregate win in the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. (REPORT)

AS Roma has appointed former Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho as its new head coach on a three-year contract starting from the 2021-22 season. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho will take over as AS Roma coach next season. He was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last month.   -  Getty Images

 

Manchester United recovered to beat Aston Villa 3-1 away in the Premier League on Sunday as Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani scored in the second half to put on hold the title celebrations of champion-elect Manchester City. (REPORT) City lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

Barcelona retained the Spanish women's football title on Sunday after maintaining its 100 per cent record in the league by beating Granadilla Tenerife 1-0 before mathematically sealing its crown. (REPORT

Delicate negotiations are going on between the British government, UEFA and others about where the Champions League final should be played. (REPORT

Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC has issued an apology after it was asked to leave Maldives, where the AFC Cup play-offs were to be held, for breaching the local COVID-19 protocols. (REPORT) The AFC Cup games have since been called off.

Neymar has signed a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain that will keep him in the French capital until 2025. (REPORT)

 

TENNIS

Alexander Zverev followed his triumph over Rafael Nadal with a win over Dominic Thiem to reach another Madrid Open final on Saturday. (REPORT)

Naomi Osaka, the second-ranked women's tennis player in the world, is conflicted over whether the Tokyo Olympics should be held amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who won his fourth Laureus Award this week, says he is not thinking about retirement at all. (REPORT)

Rafael Nadal won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award this week.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Andy Murray will practise with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman in Rome on Sunday as part of plans to return to the ATP Tour after an injury lay-off. (REPORT)

WRESTLING

Sumit Malik booked a 125kg freestyle berth in the Tokyo Olympics on the opening day of the World Olympic Games wrestling qualifier in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday. (REPORT)

Sumit Malik is the fourth Indian men's freestyle wrestler to qualify fr the Tokyo Olympics.   -  The Hindu

 

Indian wrestler Seema Bisla punched her ticket to the Tokyo Olympics as she got the better of Poland's Anna Lukasiak at the World Olympic Wrestling Qualifiers in the 50kg semifinal in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday. (REPORT)

A 23-year-old wrestler died and his two friends were injured after they were allegedly assaulted by other wrestlers inside the Chhatrasal Stadium complex in north Delhi. Two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar's role is under scanner as he is said to have been present at the time of the brawl and has been named in the FIR. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

The Indian men’s hockey team’s competitive international assignments ahead of the Tokyo Olympics are effectively over after its upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League away matches against Spain and Germany, scheduled on May 15-16 and May 22-23 respectively, have been postponed due to the COVID-induced travel restrictions. (REPORT)

Olympic gold medallist, former India coach, Arjuna and Dronacharya awardee Maharaj Kishen Kaushik passed away at a city hospital on Saturday. He was 66. He is survived by his wife and two sons. (REPORT)

M.K. Kaushik

M K Kaushik was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998, before being bestowed with the Dronacharya award in 2002.   -  SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

 

Former Indian hockey player and member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics winning side Ravinderpal Singh passed away at a Lucknow hospital early on Saturday. He was 61. (REPORT)

Indian women's hockey captain Rani Rampal, her six team-mates and two support staff members have recovered from COVID-19 after spending two weeks in quarantine at the Sports Authority of India's centre in Bengaluru. (REPORT)

Hockey India on Wednesday mourned the death of former India junior player Sanjib Barla, who died in Rourkela due to COVID-19 related complications. He was 34 and died on Sunday. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

In a massive blow to Indian shuttlers' Olympics qualification chances, The Badminton Association of Malaysia and the Badminton World Federation have jointly agreed to postpone the Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open championship scheduled to start from May 25 to 30. (REPORT)

Saina Nehwal

London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal is yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. (File Photo)   -  AP

 

Top para shuttlers Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam's preparation for the Tokyo Paralympics suffered a blow due to the Indian team not being able to compete at the Spanish International because of new quarantine rules imposed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

World champion P.V. Sindhu has been nominated as athlete ambassador alongside Canada’s Michelle Li for the International Olympic Committee’s 'Believe in Sport' campaign aimed at preventing competition manipulation. (REPORT)

Legendary Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering from the infection at a hospital in Bengaluru. (REPORT)

SHOOTING

The International Shooting Sport Federation has announced that Osjek, Croatia, will host the last World Cup before the Tokyo Olympics. (REPORT)

The Sports Authority of India will bear the expenses incurred during the Olympic-bound shooting team's upcoming competition-cum-training tour of Croatia. (REPORT)

BOXING

India’s Mandeep Jangra made a winning start to his career in the pro circuit, beating Argentina’s Luciano Ramos in his debut bout in Florida, U.S. (REPORT)

Floyd Mayweather will face Logan Paul in a pay-per-view event on June 6 at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. (REPORT)

Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul at a news conference on Thursday.

TABLE TENNIS

Star Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has requested the Sport Authority of India for a table that is similar to the one used at the Tokyo Olympics. (REPORT

ATHLETICS

420 athletes, including U.S. sprinter Justin Gatlin, participated in a test event at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Sunday, as organisers fined tuned operations and practiced COVID-19 countermeasures in the absence of fans. (REPORT)

Middle-distance runner Jinson Johnson has beaten COVID-19, but the Asian Games champion says he still has problems while breathing. (REPORT)

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rejected an appeal by Indian middle-distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu against her four-year suspension for doping in 2019. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Lewis Hamilton followed his 100th career pole by clinching his 98th career win to equal Michael Schumacher's tally of six Spanish Grand Prix titles on Sunday. (REPORT)

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton also took the 100th pole position of his Formula One career ahead of his Spanish Grand Prix win.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Romain Grosjean will drive a Formula One car for the first time since his fiery crash in Bahrain last November when he tries out Lewis Hamilton's 2019 title-winning Mercedes at Le Castellet in June. (REPORT)

Formula One was working with teams to identify U.S. drivers, who might make it to grand prix racing but none was likely to come through in the near term, chief executive Stefano Domenicali said on Friday. (REPORT)

Valtteri Bottas shot down media speculation on Thursday that he could be replaced as Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team mate midway through the season and said such talk was just part of being in Formula One. (REPORT)

Spectators will be able to attend the Monaco Grand Prix when the race returns on May 20-23 after missing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

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