Weekly digest (Sep 2-8): From Nadal's 19th Grand Slam title to Australia retaining Ashes

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

US Open champion Rafael Nadal gave up a two-sets-to-love lead and then saw Daniil Medvedev rally from 5-2 down before he closed out his fourth US Open title.

US Open champion Rafael Nadal   -  Getty Images

Cricket

Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir, credited for reviving the art of leg-spin bowling in 1970s and 80s, died of a heart attack in his hometown Lahore. (Report)

Australia beat England by 185 runs in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford. The result means the visitor retains the Ashes irrespective of what happens at The Oval. (Report)

The opening batting slot in Tests and the underfiring middle-order in One-Day Internationals are areas of concern for the Indian team, according to Vikram Rathour, the new batting coach. (Interview)

For the second time in his international career, pacer Lasith Malinga took four wickets in four successive balls. (Report)

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to extend the deadline for the State associations to conduct their elections. (Report)

Rahmat Shah played a gritty knock of 102 against Bangladesh on Thursday to become the first Afghanistan cricketer to score a century in Test cricket. (Report)

Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from T-20 cricket internationals. (Report)

Sanjay Bangar is 'happy' to leave team with strong middle order in Tests. (Interview)

Ambati Rayudu said that he has no regrets about his '3D' jibe at chairman of selectors MSK Prasad after being dropped from the World Cup squad. (Report)

The BCCI officials will be talking to Mohammed Shami’s legal counsel in the next couple of days to get an update after a court in Kolkata issued an arrest warrant against the India pacer in connection with the domestic violence case filed by his estranged wife Hasin Jahan. (Report)

Bangladesh booked a berth for the Women’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year after reaching the final of the qualifying tournament with a four-wicket win over Ireland. (Report)

Shafali Verma has been named in the India's T20I squad for the first three games against South Africa starting September 24 in Surat. (Report)

Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been named Pakistan chief selector and coach. Veteran fast bowler Waqar Younis, who served in various coaching roles in the past, is the new bowling coach. (Report)

India captain Virat Kohli has been dethroned by Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith from the numero uno spot in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. (Report)

Right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma has added yet another feather to his cap to become the most successful Indian pacer outside Asia in Test cricket. (Report)

Football

Former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o has called time on his playing career. He enjoyed a trophy-laden career winning the Champions League thrice. (Report)

Germany and the Netherlands played out a thriller in the Euro Group C qualifiers in which the latter emerged 4-2 winners. Northern Ireland is on top of the group with 12 points, while Germany (9) and the Netherlands (6) are second and third. (Report)

India was less than 10 minutes away from recording a famous win over Oman in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers before Al Mandhar Al Alawai struck two late goals to hand a 2-1 defeat to the Blue Tigers. (Report)

Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic have been left out of Juventus’ Champions League squad by coach Maurizio Sarri. (Report)

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out for around six months after having surgery on a damaged anterior cruciate ligament. (Report)

"I wouldn't forgive Ferguson.” Roy Keane reignites feud with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. (Report)

Qatar unveiled the first-ever winter World Cup’s logo, which was projected across major cities around the world. (Report)

The PFA has urged Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to take steps to tackle racism against footballers online. (Report)

Out of favour Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan on transfer deadline day.  (Report)

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are the three finalists for The Best FIFA Men's Player award. (Report)

Tennis

Rafael Nadal overcame a stiff challenge from Daniil Medvedev to clinch the US Open title and take his career's Grand Slam tally to 19, just one short of Roger Federer. (Report)

Teenager Bianca Andreescu became Canada's first Grand Slam singles champion with a rollercoaster 6-3, 7-5 win over 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the US Open final. The 19-year-old became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open, handing Williams a fourth consecutive defeat in the final of a major to again deny her a record-equaling 24th Slam title. (Report)

South African tennis fans bought 48,000 tickets in under 10 minutes for a Cape Town exhibition match next February between Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The game, to be held at the Cape Town Stadium, is set to break the attendance record of 35,681 for a tennis match set by Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams in 2010 in Brussels. (Report)

Wrestling

Ace wrestler Bajrang Punia has been seeded number one in men’s freestyle 65kg for the World championships to be held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from September 14 to 22. Bajrang, who won a bronze medal in 60kg in 2013 and a silver in 65kg in Budapest last year, aims to become the second Indian after Sushil Kumar (66kg FS, 2010) to win a gold medal in the World championships, which will also serve as an Olympic qualifying event. (Report)

Badminton

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced the 23-member Indian squad that is set to participate at the BWF World Junior Championship 2019 to be held in Kazan, Russia from 30th September to 13th October. (Report)

Former champion Sourabh Verma suffered a straight-game loss to world No. 2 Chou Tien Chen in the men’s singles second round to draw curtains on India’s campaign at the USD 500,000 Chinese Taipei Open badminton tournament. (Report)

Sourabh, who won the Hyderabad Open last month, was the only surviving Indian in the World Tour Super 300 tournament, until Thursday, following the loss of women’s singles player Riya Mookerjee and women’s doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant in the opening round. (Report)

Manasi Joshi winning the gold medal at the Para World Badminton Championship was also a dream come true for L. Raju, a qualified trainer who himself was a six-time gold medallist in the under-20 age group in 400m and relay events in the Junior National Meet. (Report)

Boxing

The Boxing Federation of India has decided that the medal winners at the upcoming World Championships for men and women -- both to be held in Russia -- will get direct berths in the Indian teams for Olympic qualifying events next year. (Report)

Athletics

Asian Games gold medallist Jinson Johnson bettered his own 1500m national record and clinched silver in the ISTAF Berlin event. He clocked 3 minute 35.24 seconds to finish second behind Joshua Thompson of the United States. (Report)

Yulimar Rojas soared to the second longest triple jump of all-time by managing 15.41 metres at the Andujar athletics meeting. The Venezuelan was just nine centimetres short of the long-standing women’s world record of 15.50m set by Ukrainian Inessa Kravets in Gothenburg in 1995. (Report)

American Noah Lyles completed a sprint double with victory in the 200 metres at the Diamond League finals to add to last week’s 100 title before he seeks to be crowned world champion for the first time later this month. (Report)

Golf

Paul Casey ended a five-year wait for European Tour title by winning the European Open by a one-shot margin in Hamburg on Sunday. (Report)

Dustin Johnson underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee but is expected to make full recovery and return to the Tour later in 2019. (Report)

Hockey

Indian Overseas Bank beat Punjab National Bank 3-1 in the Murugappa Hockey Gold Cup final on Sunday, to retain its title from last year. (Report)

The Indian men's hockey team retained fifth spot in the latest FIH hockey rankings, while the women's team moved up to ninth. (Report)

Chess

Vantika Agarwal moved to the summit and Rajdeep Sarkar shared the lead in the under-20 section as Sri Lanka’s top seed G. N. H. Thilakarathne threatened to stop the Indian juggernaut after six rounds of the Western Asian youth chess championship being held in New Delhi. (Report)

Nihal Sarin signed the biggest sponsorship deal for an Indian chess player after Viswanathan Anand, with Akshayapalka set to support the 15-year-old in his quest to become a world-class player. (Report)

Kabaddi

Tamil Thalaivas will have a new coach as J. Udayakumar will take over the side for the remainder of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) season after former coach Edachery Bhaskaran decided to step down on Friday. (Report)

On the second day of the Bengaluru leg, a resurgent UP Yoddha, put up a spirited defensive performance to down the best raiding side of Pro Kabaddi 2019, the Bengal Warriors. Nitesh Kumar led from the front with a stunning 'High-5'. (Report)

In its last two matches, Haryana Steelers has scored a total of 88 points and conceded just 52. In the first game, Vikash Kandola's Super-10 and skipper Dharmaraj Cheralathan's High-5 downed Puneri Paltan 41-27. (Report)


Not only did Bengaluru Bulls and Dabang Delhi come from behind to beat Patna Pirates and Jaipur Pink Panthers, respectively but the night also also Bulls' captain, Rohit Kumar return to form. (Report)

Bengal Warriors began its home leg with a thrilling tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants. Despite enjoying a slender 15-13 lead at half-time, the host couldn't close out the game. (Report)
 

Motorsport

Charles Leclerc ended Ferrari’s nine-year wait for a home win as the Monegasque driver held off unrelenting pressure from Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to register his second Formula One win at Monza. (Report)

Fernando Alonso, who retired last year after a disappointing spell with McLaren, has hinted at a possible Formula One return, following an overhaul of rules for the 2021 season. (Read more

Former F1 driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button will make his DTM debut in October, taking part in the last two rounds of the season at Hockenheim. (Read more

In the FIA F3 Championship, Indian racer Jehan Daruvala missed out on a potential race win at Monza after he suffered electronics issues to finish second. (Report)

Shooting

Indian shooters asserted their dominance on the world stage yet again, as the team topped the medals table with five gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, which concluded on Monday. (Report)

Presenting arguments in a nearly 200-page document, the president of NRAI, Raninder Singh, has sought the help of the Indian Olympic Association and the Union Government to further pursue the matter of the inclusion of shooting in Birmingham 2022 with the Commonwealth Games Federation. In the compilation of communication, and all relevant data, it has been noted that the ISSF has pledged £780,000, including £40,000 to cover the cost of officials, to refurbish all equipments necessary to fine tune Bisley for conducting the events. (Report)

A record 14 Indian shooters have qualified for the ISSF World Cup finals in China (Report)

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju wrote a letter to the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Nicky Morgan, seeking her intervention for the inclusion of shooting in 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. (Report)