Weekly Digest (February 7-13): From IPL mega auction to Senegal’s AFCON triumph


LOCUST

Indian wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan has become the most expensive signing in the IPL 2022 auction after Mumbai Indians bought him for INR 15.25 crore in his first acquisition on Saturday. (REPORT)

Ishan Kishan has become the most expensive signing for Mumbai Indians managed by Rohit Sharma at the IPL 2022 auction. – Sportzpics / BCCI

Indian fast bowler Deepak Chahar has been signed by Chennai Super Kings for INR 14 crore at the IPL 2022 auction in Bangalore on Saturday. (REPORT)

Mithali Raj’s well-crafted half century was in vain as the Indian stick failed again. The visiting team lost their first ODI to New Zealand by 62 points in Queenstown on Saturday. (REPORT)

Sri Lankan fly-half Pathum Nissanka’s brilliant 73 from 53 balls was in vain as Australia won the second T20 International in a Super Over. (REPORT)

Vice-captain KL Rahul and all-rounder Axar Patel have been ruled out of the upcoming three-game T20I series against West Indies in Kolkata from February 16. (REPORT)

New Zealand beat India by 18 points at the T20 International in Queenstown, New Zealand on Wednesday. (REPORT)

New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu with the Player of the Match award. -Getty Pictures

New Zealand’s three-game Twenty20 International cricket series next month against world champion Australia has been called off due to COVID-19 border regulations. (REPORT)

Senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has opted out of Bengal’s Ranji Trophy campaign after being told emphatically that he would not be chosen for India’s two-game Test series against Sri Lanka, from Mohali on March 4. (REPORT)

SOCCER

Sadio Mane scored the winning spot-kick as Senegal clinched their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title with a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over seven-time winners Egypt after a 0 -0 in the decisive match in Yaoundé on February 6. (REPORT)

Sadio Mané won the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal last week. – PA

Chelsea were crowned FIFA Club World Champions for the first time as Kai Havertz scored a penalty in extra time to break the hearts of Brazilian club Palmeiras. (REPORT)

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta lifts the trophy as the team celebrate winning the Club World Cup at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. -REUTERS

West Ham United have fined defender Kurt Zouma two weeks’ wages and the player has given up custody of his two cats amid an animal abuse investigation. (REPORT)

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich suffered a shock 4-2 loss to VfL Bochum on Saturday, conceding all four goals in the first half. (REPORT)

Manchester United’s frustrating season continued with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. (REPORT)

La Liga leaders Real Madrid were held 0-0 by Villarreal on Saturday in a game that saw Gareth Bale play his first minutes in more than five months. (REPORT)

AC Milan climbed to the top of the Serie A table with a 1-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday, as an early strike from in-form winger Rafael Leao proved decisive at the San Siro. (REPORT)

Raphael Leao

AC Milan’s Rafael Leao celebrates the winner’s goal against Sampdoria on Sunday. -Reuter

A study published by independent Swiss-based research group CIES Football Observatory found Manchester United topped the list of clubs with the highest transfer losses, with United’s net spend of €1.075 billion since 2012. .(REPORT)

Britain and Ireland scrapped their plans for a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup on Monday, opting instead to try to host the 2028 European Championship.REPORT)

Ajax director of football affairs, Marc Overmars, has left his post with immediate effect following a series of inappropriate messages sent to several female colleagues. (REPORT)

Chelsea striker Hakim Ziyech has said he has no intention of returning to the Morocco national team even if they qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, suggesting he has left the club for good. international football after a falling out with coach Vahid Halilhodzic. (REPORT)

Barcelona CEO Ferran Reverter has informed president Joan Laporta of his intention to step down for personal reasons, the LaLiga club announced on Tuesday. (REPORT)

Chennaiyin FC have parted ways with Bozidar Bandovic following the club’s 5-0 loss to FC Goa on February 9 in the Indian Super League. (REPORT) (READ ISL NEWS)

TENNIS

Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has denied ever accusing anyone of sexual assault, adding that she herself deleted her social media post in November which appeared to make such a claim. In an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe at a Beijing hotel, Peng said, “I never said anyone sexually assaulted me in any way.” (REPORT)

Novak Djokovic, who was kicked out of Australia due to his COVID-19 vaccination status ahead of the Australian Open, is on the entry list for next month’s Indian Wells ATP event in California, tournament organizers announced on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Andy Murray marked his return to the top 100 for the first time since 2018 with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 victory over Kazakh Alexander Bublik at the Rotterdam tournament on Wednesday. (REPORT)

Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from next week’s Rio Open, tournament organizers announced on Friday, likely ending a once-promising career that was wasted. by a number of serious injuries. (REPORT)

Ramkumar Ramanathan continued his dream run in doubles, winning his third title of the year, as he and Saketh Myneni beat the French pair of Hugo Grenier and Alexandre Muller 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger. (REPORT)

Ramkumar Ramanathan and Saketh Myneni

The Bengaluru Open ATP Challenger title was Ramkumar Ramanathan’s seventh doubles on the Challenger Tour – second in Bengaluru – and Saketh Myneni’s ninth. – SUDHAKARA JAIN

HOCKEY

Olympic bronze medalists India put on a poor showing as they lost 2-5 to lower-seeded France in the FIH Hockey Pro League’s third home leg after opening wins against Africa du Sud and France in the tournament. (REPORT)

The Dutch women’s hockey team has pulled out of their back-to-back FIH Pro League games against India to be played in Bhubaneswar on February 19-20 due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands. . (REPORT)

Hockey India on Saturday named 65 players for the upcoming National Junior Men’s Camp to be held from February 14-25 at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) center in Bangalore. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

India received decent draws at the Asia Badminton Team Championships with the men’s and women’s teams co-opted with defending champions Indonesia and Japan, respectively, at the continental event scheduled in Shah Alam, Malaysia. , from February 15 to 20. (REPORT)

India’s world number 1 junior shuttle Tasnim Mir picked up a three-match victory over Indonesia’s Yulia Yosephine Susanto in the final on Friday to claim the women’s singles title at the Iran Fajr International Challenge. (REPORT)

Tasnim Mir won the women’s singles title at the Iran Fajr International Challenge. PHOTO: Sudharkara Jain

SHOOTING

The National Rife Association of India (NRAI) will organize competitions at all levels for hearing impaired shooters under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the NRAI and the All India Sports Council of the Deaf. (REPORT)

TABLE TENNIS

The Delhi High Court has suspended the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). Judge Rekha Palli’s order came after a three-member commission of inquiry submitted its report. (REPORT)

India’s G. Sathiyan has signed up to play for France’s top Pro A league club Jura Morez Table Tennis for the 2022-23 season. (REPORT)

The National Senior Table Tennis Championships will be held from March 20-27 in Shillong while the Junior and Junior National Championships will be held in Alappuzha from March 28-April 3. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

Sweden’s Armand Duplantis dominated an indoor pole vault competition on Wednesday, winning with an effort of 6.04m but failed to better his own world record of 6.18m. (REPORT)

In addition to trying to break the world record, Armand Duplantis is aiming for the world title in Eugene in the United States later this year. -REUTERS

CHESS

Indian chess ace Dronavalli Harika was among many players who allegedly received sexually-motivated mail at an event in Latvia in November last year. (REPORT)

MOTOR SPORTS

Formula 1 will no longer set aside time for drivers to take a knee before races as it seeks to introduce more concrete actions to tackle racism. (REPORT)

Formula 1 team McLaren have signed rising star Lando Norris to a four-year contract extension that locks the young British driver in through the 2025 season.REPORT)

On Friday, McLaren unveiled its Formula 1 challenger MCL36 which will be driven by Briton Lando Norris and Australian Daniel Ricciardo in 2022. (REPORT)

BOXING

Pooja Rani is ready for her first competitive outing of the season – the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. (REPORT)

VOLLEYBALL

Kerala beat Railways 25-21, 17-25, 25-21, 25-17 in the women’s final to claim their fourth consecutive national senior volleyball championship on Sunday. (REPORT)

Kerala Women's Volleyball Team

Kerala players mainly came from KSEB and Kerala Police and had KP Anusree as captain and KS Jini as setter. – Special arrangement

Captain Ashwal Rai led from the front to claim the third Kolkata Thunderbolts 15-13, 15-8, 9-15, 15-12, 15-10 victory over Bengaluru Torpedoes in the Rupay Prime Volleyball League at GMC Balayogi Stadium on Saturday. (REPORT)

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