Weekly digest (Jan 7-13): From Pandya, Rahul suspensions to Bengaluru Raptors winning PBL 4

A round-up of all that happened in the world of sports in the last seven days.

Hardik Pandya (left) and KL Rahul on the show 'Koffee with Karan'.   -  Special Arrangement


India completed its first Test series win on Australian soil, with the drawn Sydney Test giving it a 2-1 victory in the four-Test series. (REPORT)

BCCI suspended Hardik Pandya and K. L. Rahul pending enquiry for their misogynistic comments on Koffee with Karan show. (REPORT)

Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill were named as replacements for the suspended Pandya and Rahul. (REPORT)

Australia beat India by 34 runs in the first ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground. (REPORT)

Ambati Rayudu was reported for his action, following his spell of two overs in the first ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground. (REPORT)

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in the only T20I to blank the Islanders on tour. (REPORT)

IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals named Paddy Upton as its head coach. (REPORT)

Nagpur, Lucknow, Wayanad, and Bengaluru were announced as the venues for Ranji Trophy quarterfinals, starting January 15. (REPORT)

Saurashtra, one of the quarterfinalists, gained the services of Cheteshwar Pujara, India's hero in the Test series win in Australia, for the last-eight clash against Uttar Pradesh. (REPORT)

Bihar's Ashutosh Aman finished the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season with 68 wickets, breaking the record set by Bishan Singh Bedi. (REPORT)


Real Madrid slumped to a shock 2-0 La Liga defeat at home to struggling Real Sociedad. (REPORT)

Former East Bengal coach Khalid Jamil has been appointed head coach of Mohun Bagan and will take charge on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz has signed for Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth an initial €17million. (REPORT)

Former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney was arrested on public intoxication and swearing charges in the United States. (REPORT)

Ruben Neves' superb strike gave Wolves a 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup third round. (REPORT)

Egypt has been chosen as the new host country for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the right to host in November last year, CAF has announced. (REPORT)

Mohamed Salah has been named African Player of the Year for the second time in succession. (REPORT)

Misfiring India was undone by opportunistic UAE in the AFC Asian Cup. (REPORT)

Australia recovered smartly from its opening loss to Jordan to breathe fresh life into its Asian Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Palestine in Dubai on Friday. (REPORT)

Cesc Fabregas has completed his move from Chelsea to Ligue 1 struggler AS Monaco, with both clubs announcing the move on Friday. (REPORT)

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa sensationally confirmed he sent a spy to Derby County training and defended the controversial ploy. (REPORT)

Gift Raikhan, former coach of Aizawl FC and Neroca FC, has been appointed as the technical director of Gokulam Kerala FC. (REPORT)

Kerala Blasters' C.K. Vineeth is set to complete his move to two-time Indian Super League champion Chennaiyin FC. (REPORT)


Sydney will host the finals of the new ATP World Team Cup, while Brisbane and one other city will feature round-robin games in a revamp of the season-opening tennis calendar. (REPORT)

Mardy Fish has been named as the 41st captain of the United States' Davis Cup team. (REPORT)

Roger Federer's bid for a third successive Australian Open title will begin against world number 99 Denis Istomin, while top seed Novak Djokovic will face a qualifier in the first round. (REPORT)

Spanish police have arrested 83 people, including 28 professional tennis players, and "dismantled" an organised crime group following an investigation into alleged match-fixing. (REPORT)

Andy Murray wants to retire after Wimbledon but the former world number one is not sure if he can make it through the Australian Open due to his troublesome hip. (REPORT)

Prajnesh Gunneswaran has qualified to the main draw of the Australian Open. (REPORT)

Tennys Sandgren claimed his maiden ATP World Tour title with a straight-sets win over Cameron Norrie in the Auckland Open final. (REPORT)

Sofia Kenin continued her good start to 2019, winning a maiden WTA Tour singles title at the Hobart International. (REPORT)

Petra Kvitova outlasted Ashleigh Barty in a final-set tiebreak to win the Sydney International for the second time. (REPORT)

Alex de Minaur won two matches in a day to claim his first ATP Tour title in his hometown at the Sydney International. (REPORT)

Top seeds, Leander Paes in partnership with Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, were beaten by the second seeds Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Christopher Rungkat in doubles final of the $54,160 Challenger tennis tournament in Vietnam. (REPORT)

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Sudeshna Shivankar won the U-17 girls 100m dash at the Khelo India Youth Games, while T. Dineshwari won the U-21 girls 100m dash. Nisar Ahmed and B. Nitin were the winners of these events in the boys' section. (REPORT)


Bengaluru Raptors beat Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in the PBL 2018-19 final, with the Hendra Setiawan-Mohammad Ahsan pair taking it to the title. (REPORT)

PBL set up an anti-corruption unit, taking a cue from other sports and other sports leagues, aiming to at some point reach the level of cricket. (REPORT)


Punjab men won the 69th Senior National Basketball Championship, beating Services 75-65 in the final. (REPORT)

The Indian Railways women's team beat Tamil Nadu to the Championship. (REPORT)

In 29 minutes and 34 seconds on court in Friday's home match with the Cleveland CavaliersJames Harden became the first player in NBA history to score a 40-point triple double in fewer than 30 minutes. (REPORT)


M. C. Mary Kom’s sixth world title win propelled her to the No. 1 position in the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) latest world rankings. (REPORT)


Diptayan Ghosh trumps Ziaur Rahman in the seventh round of Delhi International Chess Tournament. (REPORT)

Viswanathan remained in joint-lead after the second round of Tata Steel Chess. (REPORT)


Aditi Ashok began the year with a fine tied-eighth-place finish at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. (REPORT)

Anirban Kahiri shot a one-over 71 in the third round to move to three-under 207 at the Sony Open. He was positioned tied-63rd. (REPORT)


Hockey India removed Harendra Singh from the position of India men's hockey coach citing a disappointing 2018 and offered the task of coaching the junior squad. (REPORT)


C. S. Santhosh crashed out in the fifth stage of Dakar Rally, while Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues reached the finishing line. (REPORT)

Ferrari promoted Mattia Binotto to the role of team principal, relieving Maurizio Arrivabene of his duties. (REPORT)

Table tennis

Achanta Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra outclassed the top-seeded pair Manav Thakkar-Archana Kamath pair in an all-Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) final and pocket the first individual title of the 11Sports 80th Inter-state and National Table Tennis Championship. (REPORT)

Sreeja Akula and Nikhat Banu won the women's doubles title in the Senior National Table Tennis Championships in Cuttack. (REPORT)

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