Weekly Digest (December 6-12): From Verstappen’s first F1 title to Carlsen’s World Championship victory


From the first victory of Max Verstappen in the Formula 1 championship to the victory of Magnus Carlsen in the world chess championship, here are the main sporting titles of the past week.

LOCUST

Australia demolished England by nine wickets in the first Ashes Test to go 1-0. (REPORT)

England players were fined 100% of their match fees, and the team also received five points in the World Test Championship (WTC) for maintaining slow over-rates in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane, which Australia won by nine wickets. (REPORT)

Rohit Sharma was appointed Indian captain of the ODI, thus ending the five-year reign of Virat Kohli. (REPORT)

Rohit Sharma replaced Ajinkya Rahane as vice-captain of the try-out team, but the mid-order hitter retained his place in India’s 18-man squad for the tour of South Africa. (REPORT)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be sidelined with an elbow tendon injury for at least two months, excluding him from January’s two-test series at home against Bangladesh. (REPORT)

Three West Indian cricketers have tested positive for the coronavirus and will miss the limited run in Pakistan from next week. (REPORT)

SOCCER

Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa Conference League group match against Rennes will not be played after it was canceled this week due to COVID-19 infections at the Premier League club. (REPORT)

Premier League teams have been urged to return to emergency protocols to limit the spread of the coronavirus after outbreaks in Norwich City, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City. (REPORT)

10-man FC Goa beat Bengaluru FC 2-1 to claim their second Indian Super League victory of the season to move up to seventh place. Bengaluru remain winless in five matches. (REPORT)

Kerala Blasters FC goalkeeper Albino Gomes has been sent off indefinitely after injuring himself in the last home game against Odisha FC. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich said on Thursday that star midfielder Joshua Kimmich would not return to action until January as he recovers from lung damage caused by COVID-19. (REPORT)

Leipzig has hired former Schalke and Spartak Moscow coach Domenico Tedesco to replace US coach Jesse Marsch, who left after a losing streak. (REPORT)

Napoli clinched a thrilling 3-2 home win over Leicester City to reach the knockout stages of the Europa League as a Group C runner-up behind Spartak Moscow. (REPORT)

Manchester United entertain Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round, while incumbent Leicester City welcome Watford and West Ham United are at home against Leeds United following Monday’s draw. (REPORT)

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is isolating himself after testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of his last Champions League group game at Zenit St Petersburg. (REPORT)

This year’s I-League season kicks off on December 26 in Calcutta with a match between TRAU FC Manipur and Indian Football Association development team Indian Arrows. (REPORT)

CHESS

Magnus Carlsen ended Ian Nepomniachtchi’s agony with three games to go after winning Game 11 of their Top 14 World Chess Championship match in Dubai on Friday. (REPORT)

Mumbai chess prodigy Advay Dhoot has performed honorably in European Tour tournaments recently and is currently among the top rated players of his class in the country. It entered the ranking of the top four in its class in India in the recently released World Chess Federation (FIDE) ranking. (REPORT)

TURNING

Former world number one Divyansh Singh Panwar won gold medals in the air rifle men and juniors at the 64th National Archery Championship in Bhopal. (READ)

Reigning double trap world champion Ankur Mittal won trap gold at the 64th National Archery Championship at the New Moti Bagh Gun Club in Patiala. (READ)

Rahi Sarnobat defeated Naamya Kapoor 37-31 at the 25-meter women’s sports pistol in the National Shooting Championship. (READ)

AUTOMOTIVE SPORTS

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won his first Formula One title, robbing rival Lewis Hamilton of an eighth record, with a pass in the last lap to win a season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that started and s ‘ended in drama and controversy. (REPORT)

Mercedes protested on Sunday after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and beat seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton to the 2021 world title. (REPORT)

Formula 2 racers Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittipaldi were airlifted to hospital after a crash at the start line during the Saudi round of the Formula 1 refueling series (REPORT)

Harith Noah of the TVS Racing team is set to represent India at the 2022 Dakar, the world’s toughest cross-country rally, to be held in Saudi Arabia from January 1–14. (REPORT)

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2030, the sport said Thursday. (REPORT)

Russian Formula 1 rookie Nikita Mazepin was forced to miss the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which ended the season on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

Karnataka, Puducherry, Chandigarh and Punjab recorded full wins in their respective group matches of the 11th Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championship here on Saturday. (REPORT)

Suraj Karkera, who was chosen in the Indian team in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament in place of the rested PR Sreejesh, says it will be difficult to replace the veteran goalkeeper. (READ)

India’s National Head Badminton Coach, P. Gopichand, on Friday officially launched MK’s Mukesh Kumar Hockey Academy at Delhi Public School (Nadergul) near Hyderabad. (REPORT)

The Indian women’s hockey team was kicked out of the current Asian Champions Trophy on Thursday after one of its players tested positive for COVID-19. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

Quadruple Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles won the title of “athlete of the year” by Time magazine. (REPORT)

The International Olympic Committee, after orchestrating the evacuation of around 300 members of the Afghan sports community, announced $ 560,000 in winter aid for those left behind. (REPORT)

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra landed at Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in California on Monday for a three-month training period ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and World Athletics Championships. (REPORT)

Two-time Italian Olympic champion Lamont Marcell Jacobs has said he will return to competition in Berlin next February. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

The much-anticipated return of three-time Indonesian commuter Carolina Marin was further delayed as she retired from the World Championship after failing to get back into shape following a knee injury. (REPORT)

Mulyo Handoyo and Malaysian Tan Kim Her are expected to return as India’s singles and doubles badminton coaches with the national federation in hopes of finalizing their nominations by the end of the month. (REPORT)

Two-time defending champion Kento Momota of Japan has withdrawn from the BWF World Championships after failing to recover from a back injury. (REPORT)

TENNIS

Spain’s first Grand Slam winner Manuel “Manolo” Santana died at the age of 83 in Madrid on Saturday. (READ)

World number one Novak Djokovic was named to the official entry list for next year’s Australian Open on Wednesday, but 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams will not play on her advice. Medical team. (READ)

Andy Murray parted ways with longtime coach Jamie Delgado ahead of the 2022 season on Friday. (READ)

World number one Ash Barty will kick off her 2022 season during the warm-up for the Australian Open International in Adelaide in the first week of January, tournament organizers said on Friday. (READ)

Amélie Mauresmo has been appointed director of Roland Garros, the country’s tennis federation (FFT) announced on Thursday, becoming the first woman to lead the Roland Garros tournament. (READ)

TABLE TENNIS

Indians Payas Jain and Suhana Saini signed with bronze medals after losing their respective semi-finals at the world junior table tennis championships. (REPORT)

BOXING

Indian mainstays Lovlina Borgohain, Mirabai Chanu, Sarita Devi and Vijender Singh, among others, express concern over the possible exclusion of boxing and weightlifting from the 2028 Olympics. (REPORT)

Six-time MC world champion Mary Kom and Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal are among the prominent names missing from the finalized list of boxers for the 13-day national men’s and women’s camps which kicked off on December 11. (REPORT)

Nonito Donaire showed age is just a number, knocking out Reymart Gaballo in the fourth round with a thunderclap to the body to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight title on Saturday. (REPORT)


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