Weekly Digest (December 20-26): Harbhajan retires, India takes bronze at Asian Men’s Champions Trophy


LOCUST

Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh announced his retirement from all forms of gambling on Friday via Twitter. (REPORT)

Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh announced his retirement from the game via Twitter on Friday. – The Hindu

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed franchises that the IPL mega-auction will be held in Bengaluru on February 12-13. (REPORT)

Former England captain Ray Illingworth died on Saturday at the age of 89. (READ)

Indian head coach Rahul Dravid declined to share details of any internal conversations he “may or may not have had” with the national selection committee over the captain of the white ball. (READ)

Brian Lara has been appointed batting coach and strategic advisor to Sunrisers Hyderabad for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. Dale Steyn will be the bowling coach. (READ)

Brian Lara has been named the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s batting coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League. – PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES FILE

Fast pitcher Jofra Archer has undergone a second injured right elbow operation and will be out until next summer, the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) announced on Tuesday. (READ)

Australian Test No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne is now number one in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, overtaking Englishman Joe Root who had been in the lead since August of this year. (READ)

SOCCER

FC Goa coach Juan Ferrando has triggered his release clause to take over the vacant post of ATK head coach Mohun Bagan after parting ways with Antonio Lopez Habas. (REPORT)

Former FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando has triggered his release clause with the Gaurs to step off ship as ATK head coach Mohun Bagan mid-season. – Focus Sports / ISL

FC Goa have appointed their technical director Derrick Pereira as their head coach. (REPORT)

Ortiz of FC Goa was given an additional one-match suspension after being convicted of “serious misconduct” after being charged with “violent conduct” in the victory over Bengaluru FC in Super Indian League on December 11. (REPORT)

Tottenham Hotspur were eliminated from the Europa Conference League after UEFA said the English club had to forfeit their last group game against Rennes following the game’s cancellation due to a COVID outbreak -19 on the London side. (REPORT)

Barcelona, ​​in a referendum, approved new financial plans including an additional 1.5 billion euros that will allow the club to renovate its iconic but languid stadium in Camp Nou and its surroundings. (REPORT)

European champion Barcelona will face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League. (REPORT)

Premier League clubs have agreed to continue playing scheduled matches over the holiday season despite the postponement of several matches due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. (REPORT)

The African Football Confederation (CAF) has confirmed that the Africa Cup of Nations will go ahead as planned in Cameroon. (REPORT)

Former Indian goalkeeper Sanath Sett, who was part of the 1954 Asian Games squad, died here on Friday from a prolonged illness. (REPORT)

No less than 18 Indian referees have been selected from FIFA’s international refereeing list for 2022, as confirmed by the Indian Football Federation. (REPORT)

Riyad Mahrez will captain Algeria as they defend their African Cup of Nations crown next month, appointed by coach Djamel Belmadi to lead his 28-man squad at the tournament in Cameroon. (REPORT)

Riyad Mahrez

FILE PHOTO: Riyad Mahrez will captain Algeria as they defend their Africa Cup of Nations crown next month. – Twitter: @CAF_Online

AC Milan and Inter Milan moved closer to building their own stadium, announcing on Tuesday the design of the new San Siro, called “The Cathedral”, as it is inspired by Milan Cathedral – the Duomo di Milano – as well as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. (REPORT)

CHESS

Indians VS Raahul and B Savitha Shri won the boys and girls titles at the Asian Junior Chess Championship in Sri Lanka on Thursday. (REPORT)

Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand took just two wins to finish last in the seventh Vugar Gashimov Memorial chess tournament on Thursday. His only victory on the second day of the blitz event came against Czech David Navara in a 70-movement marathon in the 10th round. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

The sole thicknesses for all athletic shoes in track and field events will be simplified to a stack height of 20mm from November 1, 2024. (READ)

Track and field coach Alberto Salazar’s appeal against his lifetime ban for sexual misconduct was dismissed by the US Center for SafeSport in the last loss of his career. (READ)

Alberto Salazar

FILE PHOTO: Alberto Salazar at a training session in Beijing. – AP

The Diamond League of Athletics Competitions has announced that Shenzhen will host the second competition of the 2022 season in China. (READ)

TABLE TENNIS

Harmeet Desai and Sreeja Akula respectively became men’s and women’s singles champions during the UTT-National classified southern zone tournament in Puducherry on Thursday. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

Two-time Indian Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was named a member of the World Badminton Federation (BWF) Athletes’ Commission on Monday. (REPORT)

With his historic silver medal at the World Championships, Indian Kidambi Srikanth jumped four places to regain his place in the world top 10 in the latest ranking of the World Badminton Federation (BWF). (REPORT)

Kidambi Srikanth, silver medalist at the BWF World Championships. – THE HINDU

Kiran George of Kerala and seed Aakarshi Kashyap of Chattisgarh won the men’s and women’s singles titles, respectively, at the All India senior ranking badminton tournament in Chennai on Wednesday. (REPORT)

SPORTS CAR

Former Formula 1 driver and Paralympic cycling champion Alex Zanardi has returned home after nearly 18 months in hospital following a near-fatal handcycle accident. (READ)

Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael, will double as a Ferrari reserve driver next season while also having a regular racing seat at US-owned Haas. (READ)

FILE PHOTO: Mick Schumacher. – GETTY IMAGES

Canada’s Nicholas Latifi spoke out after receiving death threats and online abuse following an Abu Dhabi Grand Prix crash that led to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to claim the Formula 1 title and Lewis Hamilton to miss. (READ)

HOCKEY

The Indian men’s hockey team, Olympic bronze medalists, will end the year in third place, the highest on record, according to the International Hockey Federation (FIH) ranking released on Thursday. (REPORT)

Uttar Pradesh rode Arun Sahani’s brace to a 3-1 victory over Chandigarh in the final of the 11th Hockey India-National Junior Men’s Hockey Championship on Saturday. (REPORT)

Olympic bronze medalist India defeated big rival Pakistan 4-3 in a thrilling third-place playoff game to win bronze at the Asian Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni seized the opportunity to lead Team Radiant to the trophy with a 22-18 victory over the Bangalore Challengers in the Centena Pro Tennis League final on Saturday. (REPORT)

Canadian Denis Shapovalov announced on Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Sydney for the ATP Cup. (REPORT)

Canada’s Milos Raonic withdrew from next month’s Australian Open on Saturday as the former world number three continues to recover from a heel injury. (REPORT)

Former world number one Andy Murray received a wild card on Thursday for the main draw at next month’s Australian Open. (REPORT)

FILE PHOTO: Former world number one Andy Murray received a wild card for next month’s Australian Open main draw. – GETTY IMAGES

Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and Tunisian Ons Jabeur tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the Abu Dhabi exhibition, both confirmed on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Rafa Nadal said on Monday he tested positive for COVID-19 when he arrived in Spain after returning from injury at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi last week. (REPORT)

Emma Raducanu was voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, receiving Britain’s annual individual sport honor as a reward for her remarkable triumph at the US Open. (REPORT)

TO SWIM

Star Indian swimmer Srihari Nataraj continued his record-breaking streak at the FINA World Short Course Championships here on Monday, registering his third “Indian best” in the tournament. (REPORT)


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