Weekly Digest (Feb 18-24): From Australia's last ball victory to Chelsea's transfer ban

A recap of the major happenings in the world of sports from the week gone by.

Naomi Osaka shows her frustration in Dubai   -  Getty Images

Football

Liverpool returned to the Premier League summit despite being held to a 0-0 draw by bitter rival Manchester United. (READ)

Chelsea has been banned from making any signings in the next two transfer windows by FIFA following a breach of regulations regarding the registration of young players. (READ)

Claude Puel was sacked by Leicester City. (READ)

Lionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick. (READ)

Chennaiyin FC ended Jamshedpur FC's ISL playoff chances as they played out a goalless draw. (READ)

Harry Kane scored on his return from injury but Tottenham's Premier League title charge was halted with a 2-1 defeat at Burnley after Ashley Barnes' late strike. (READ)

Udanta Singh celebrates after making it 2-0 in Bengaluru FC's favour in Thursday's game against FC Goa.   -  K. Murali Kumar

 

Bengaluru FC delivered a stunning performance against FC Goa, rebounding from a first-half red card to flatten FC Goa 3-0. (READ)

Cristiano Ronaldo responded to Juventus' loss against Atletico Madrid by reminding everyone he had won the Champions League five times.  (READ)

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin struck late to earn Atletico Madrid a 2-0 victory in an entertaining first leg of its Champions League last-16 clash with Juventus. (READ)

Liverpool failed to stamp its authority on a battling Bayern Munich as a 0-0 first-leg draw at Anfield left its Champions League last-16 tie in the balance. (READ)

Barcelona was held to a 0-0 stalemate away to Lyon in the first leg of its Champions League last-16 clash. (READ)

East Bengal FC voiced its concern about the prevailing situation in Srinagar and has sought a postponement or a change of venue of its upcoming I-League match against Real Kashmir FC. (READ)

Bengaluru FC offered to play an exhibition match against Real Kashmir in Srinagar to support the I-League debutant after defending champion Minerva FC pulled out of its match, citing security concerns in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. (READ)

Cricket

Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson combined to score 13 off the final over as Australia snatched a dramatic three-wicket victory over India in the first T20 international. (READ)

Jasprit Bumrah has defended India's batting performance in the first T20 against Australia, pointing out that a slow, low pitch played a part in the middle-overs collapse. (READ)

K.L Rahul made a brilliant fifty against Australia in the first T20I.   -  K. R. DEEPAK

 

After a 66-run win in the series opener, a buoyant Indian side will hope to take an unassailable 2-0 lead when it takes on England in the second One-Day International (ODI) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Monday. (READ)

South Africa has recalled fit-again fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for the first three one-day internationals against Sri Lanka, but there is no place in its squad for Hashim Amla. (READ)

Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai on Sunday said the sporting community “needs to ostracise Pakistan” for fomenting terror activities just like South Africa was banned from international cricket due to the country’s policy on apartheid. (READ)

Cameron Bancroft made an emphatic statement to Australian selectors Sunday by carrying his bat in an unbeaten 138 on his red ball return after a ball-tampering ban, while downplaying any rift with David Warner. (READ)

Despite being the highest-paid Indian cricketer for the second auction in running, Jaydev Unadkat stressed that the price tag hasn’t really affected him. (READ)

India’s World Cup-bound cricketers will have to take care to stay ready for one-day cricket during the Indian Premier League (IPL), captain Virat Kohli has cautioned. (READ)

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne hailed his happy, united team after it completed an historic series triumph against South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. (READ)

 

Tennis

Stefanos Tsitsipas   -  Getty Images

 

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his second ATP Tour title. (READ)

Belinda Bencic survived a Petra Kvitova comeback to seal her biggest win in more than three years. (READ)

Naomi Osaka shows her frustration in Dubai   -  Getty Images

 

Naomi Osaka endured a tough start to life as world number one as she was dumped out of the Dubai Tennis Championships by Kristina Mladenovic. (READ)

Serena Williams returned to the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the first time since taking a break from tennis to have a baby. (READ)

Stan Wawrinka returned to the world's top 50 on Monday for the first time since last year's French Open after his run to the final in Rotterdam. (READ)

James Duckworth of Australia tamed top seed and India's top-ranked player Prajnesh Gunneswaran in the semifinals of the Bangkok Challenger. (READ)

Serena Williams is aiming to put the disappointment of two major final losses in 2018 behind her and surpass Margaret Court's record Grand Slam haul this year. (READ)

More Sports

With Hockey India not interested in availing his services any further and having received an official release from his duties from the Sports Authority of India, former national men’s coach Harendra Singh has now decided to shift his focus to football, something that he has been planning for a while now. (READ)

Eighteen-year-old Gulam Navi edged out seasoned campaigner Susant Sahu in a thrilling contest to win the men’s 67kg title in the National weightlifting championships at the Railway Indoor Sports Enclave on Sunday. (READ)

Lebron James questioned the urgency and mindset of his teammates after the Lakers' hopes of reaching the NBA playoffs were dealt another blow. (READ)

Pakistan’s Hamza Akbar, the 2015 Asian snooker champion, has been denied a visa for the Indian Open world-ranking snooker tournament and will now be forced to miss the event which begins on Wednesday. (READ)

Zoravar Singh Sandhu shot 119 and missed the final by two points in men’s trap in the Qatar Open shotgun championship at the Lusail Complex in Doha on Sunday. (READ)

He is too young to be a monk, but Saurabh Chaudhary can put a monk to shame when it comes to retaining equanimity in an electrifying atmosphere. (READ)

India were assured of five medals in the Makran Cup Boxing Tournament in Chabahar, Iran after Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) and four others advanced to the semifinals of the event. (READ)

Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 for his "public criticism of the officiating," the NBA announced on Saturday. (READ)

Shotputter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor took his first step back into international competition since the Asian Games gold with a 20.13m throw at the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix on Saturday. (READ)

India's future as a host for sporting events remained uncertain following a decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday. (READ)

The threat is over and the shooters can now pull the trigger in right earnest in pursuit of the 14 Olympic quota places on offer, apart from the 30 medals, in the ISSF World Cup starting at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, on Saturday. (READ)

South Africa's sports minister accused the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) on Thursday of seeking to violate women's bodies as she visited Switzerland to back Caster Semenya's fight against proposals to restrict female athletes' testosterone levels. (READ)