Weekly Digest (September 21-27): From East Bengal's ISL entry to Royals' record IPL chase

From the announcement of East Bengal's inclusion into ISL to Rajasthan Royals' stunning run chase, here are the top sports stories from the week gone by.

East Bengal will enter the ISL as the eleventh team in the tournament.   -  PTI

From the announcement of Kolkata giant East Bengal's inclusion into the Indian top-flight football tournament, ISL, to the commencement of the postponed 2020 French Open, here are the top sports stories from the week gone by.

CRICKET

Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia starred with brilliant half-centuries as Rajasthan Royals recorded the highest run chase in IPL history to beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets. (REPORT)

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai on Thursday following a cardiac arrest, at the age of 59. (REPORT)

Rajasthan Royals' Rahul Tewatia turned the run chase on its head when he slammed five sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th over. (REPORT)

The BCCI on Saturday named Neetu David as the chairman of the women’s national selection panel. She will be joined by four other former India internationals - Arati Vaidya, Renu Margrate, Venkatacher Kalpana and Mithu Mukherjee. (REPORT)

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Cricket Australia’s world champion women’s team saw off New Zealand on Saturday in the first international cricket game to be played in either country since March. Australia won its first Twenty20 international in almost seven months by 17 runs at Allan Border Field in Brisbane. (REPORT)

New Zealand Cricket has received the green light from its government to host international cricket during the coming summer, which comprises series against the West Indies and Pakistan, CEO David White said on Friday. (REPORT)

FOOTBALL

Jamie Vardy struck a brilliant hat-trick as Leicester City handed Manchester City a 5-2 thrashing in the Premier League on Sunday. (REPORT)

Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring during Leicester City's 5-2 win over Manchester City.   -  Getty Images

 

Luis Suarez began his Atletico Madrid career in memorable fashion as he struck a brace and crafted an assist in the 6-1 win over Granada in the La Liga. (REPORT)

Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez enjoyed a fine debut at Atletico Madrid as he scored a brace and got an assist to his name.   -  Reuters

 

Bayern Munich's 32-match unbeaten streak came to an end on Sunday as the side slipped to a shocking 4-1 loss against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. (REPORT)

Kolkata giant East Bengal will embark on its maiden Indian Super League (ISL) campaign in the 2020-21 season after its inclusion into the Indian top-flight football tournament was announced. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi was back in scoring business for Barcelona, leading the side to a resounding 4-0 win at home against Villarreal in a near-perfect La Liga opener for the Catalans under new coach Ronald Koeman. (REPORT)

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UEFA will continue to allow teams to make up to five substitutions each per match, instead of three, for the rest of this season, the head of the European football governing body Aleksander Ceferin said. (REPORT)

AC Milan's talismanic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for COVID-19 and the 38-year-old responded in typically irreverent style, saying it was a bad idea for the virus to challenge him. (REPORT)

Kevin De Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer have been short-listed for the UEFA men's Player of the Year award, European football's governing body said. (REPORT)

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TENNIS 

What was billed as an opening day classic between two old warriors turned into a damp squib as Stan Wawrinka crushed Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 at the French Open on Sunday. (REPORT)

Italian teenager Jannik Sinner upset 11th seed David Goffin in a breezy victory on his French Open debut. (REPORT)

Jannik Sinner

Jannik Sinner reacts during his match against David Goffin in the French Open first round on Sunday.   -  AP

 

Novak Djokovic said he will not let the ball incident that caused his US Open disqualification affect the way he manages his emotions on court as he makes his Grand Slam return at Roland Garros. (REPORT)

What was billed as an opening day classic between two old warriors turned into a damp squib as Stan Wawrinka crushed Andy Murray 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 at the French Open on Sunday. (REPORT)

Rafael Nadal, who is seeking a record-extending 13th French Open title, has been handed a relatively tough path to this year's final at Roland Garros. (REPORT)

Rafael Nadal in action during a training session at Roland Garros on Friday in Paris.   -  Getty Images

 

Crowd sizes for the French Open have been reduced to just 1,000 spectators per day because of the worsening coronavirus epidemic in Paris. (REPORT)

London's cavernous O2 Arena will host the fifth edition of the Laver Cup. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has said that the Asian leg of the BWF World Tour has been postponed to January 2021 for logistical reasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Indian men's and women's national teams' coaches Graham Reid and Sjoerd Marijne stressed on being patient with the players’ fitness as they resumed training after a month-long break. (REPORT)

Chris Ciriello, Indian men’s hockey team’s analytical coach, resigned from his post due to health reasons. (REPORT)

Chris Ciriello has been suffering from extreme skin cirrhosis and is undergoing treatment.   -  BISWARANJAN ROUT

 

Indian men’s hockey team forward Mandeep Singh expressed his relief at returning back to the team training after recovering from COVID-19. (REPORT)

BOXING 

Philippine boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will face former two-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor in the ring next year, and part of proceeds from the fight will go to coronavirus victims in his country, his office said. (REPORT)

MOTORSPORT

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s race was ruined by penalties, in front of the largest crowd of the pandemic-hit season. (REPORT)

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Petronas Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo won his third race of the season at the Catalunya Grand Prix in Barcelona on Sunday to reclaim the lead in the MotoGP world championship standings. (REPORT)

Italian great Valentino Rossi will race for the Petronas Yamaha MotoGP team next season after signing a one-year contract renewal. (REPORT)

Former Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali  will replace Chase Carey as the F1 CEO in January, 2021. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS 

Kenyan long-distance runner Patrick Siele has been banned for three-and-a-half years for fleeing from anti-doping officials who were trying to collect a sample. (REPORT)

Organisers of next year's delayed Olympic Games will require coronavirus tests of foreign athletes upon their arrival in Japan, draft measures released show. (REPORT)

Under the plan, virus tests for foreign athletes will be required on arrival and departure.   -  Getty Images

 

World Athletics said that Russia has been given five more months to fix a “seriously deficient” plan to combat doping in track and field. (REPORT)