Weekly Digest (July 5-11): From Messi and Argentina’s Copa America triumph to Djokovic’s victory at Wimbledon

Lionel Messi ended his eternal wait for an international trophy as Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 to win their 15th Copa America on Sunday.

Elsewhere in London, Novak Djokovic added a third straight Wimbledon title to tie Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles.

Here’s a recap of all the major sports news and updates for the week (July 5-11) that has passed:


The three-game ODI series between India and Sri Lanka, which was due to start on July 13, was postponed for days after a few support staff from the Sri Lankan team tested positive for COVID- 19. The ODI series will now begin on July 18. (REPORT)

Mohammad Azharuddin, Rohan Jaitley, Avishek Dalmiya and Jaydev Shah will be part of the working group formed by BCCI to study domestic cricket. (REPORT)

The Indian spinners did wonders in the final as the visitor edged England by eight points in the women’s second T20I to tie the three-game series on Sunday. (REPORT)

Bangladesh recorded their fifth away test victory in 59 matches, and their first since beating Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2017 in the single test against Zimbabwe on Sunday. (REPORT)

Rajasthani ace Pankaj Singh, who has participated in a few tests and only one ODI for India, has withdrawn from all forms of cricket. (REPORT)

Anderson became just the 14th player to win 1,000 first-class wickets this century and the fifth race leader after Andy Caddick (2005), Martin Bicknell (2004), Devon Malcolm (2002) and Wasim Akram (2001). – GETTY IMAGES

The International Cricket Council announced Thursday that chief executive Manu Sawhney will be leaving the organization with immediate effect. (REPORT)

England’s second team beat Pakistan by 52 points in the second One-Day International at Lord’s on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series. (REPORT)

The partnership of Shimron Hetmyer and Dwayne Bravo helped the West Indies secure a 56-point victory over Australia in the second Twenty20 international tournament in Saint Lucia on Saturday. Hetmyer scored 61 of 36 balls while Bravo went undefeated at 47. With the win, the West Indies lead 2-0 in the five-game series.REPORT)

England fashion designer James Anderson took another milestone in a busy career by clinching his 1,000th first-class wicket as he played for Lancashire in a County Championship match against Kent. (REPORT)


Lionel Messi won his first title with Argentina as Albiceleste rolled over Angel Di Maria’s goal to beat Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America final. (REPORT)

Chennaiyin FC have signed Bozidar Bandovic as their head coach ahead of the 2021-22 Indian Super League season. The 51-year-old has signed a one-year contract. (REPORT)

UEFA fined the English Football Association (FA) 30,000 euros ($ 36,000) after a laser pointer was aimed at Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in what turned out to be the decisive moment of their Euro 2020 semi-final. (REPORT)

Liga club Atlético Madrid extend the contracts of coach Diego Simeone and his staff until the end of the 2024 season. (REPORT)

Weekly Digest (July 5-11): From Messi and Argentina's Copa America triumph to Djokovic's victory at Wimbledon

Argentina’s Lionel Messi kisses the trophy after beating Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America soccer final at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday July 10, 2021 (AP Photo / Bruna Prado) – AP

Obsessed with victory in the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain added valuable experience to their squad by recruiting former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. (REPORTPSG have also signed Achraf Hakimi from Inter Milan for an estimated fee of around € 60million. (REPORT)

ATK Mohun Bagan offered the second major foreign signing of the season by signing the attacking midfielder of ISL champions Mumbai City FC Hugo Boumous. (REPORT)

Bundesliga clubs and other German sports venues will be allowed to accommodate up to 25,000 spectators from next month in the city of Berlin after a meeting of officials from the 16 German states. (REPORT)

The AFC and the local organizing committee for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 have announced that the Mumbai Football Arena and the Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex in Balewadi, Pune, will be the new venues and host cities for the competition. . (REPORT)

Lindsey Horan, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath scored first-half goals as the U.S. women’s soccer team beat Mexico 4-0 in a friendly in East Hartford, Connecticut in the final game before the Olympic tournament. (REPORT)


World number one Novak Djokovic beat Italian seventh seed Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to claim his sixth Wimbledon title. (REPORT)

Weekly Digest (July 5-11): From Messi and Argentina's Copa America triumph to Djokovic's victory at Wimbledon

Djokovic’s triumph at Wimbledon now places him at the level of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 Grand Slam titles for men. – REUTERS

World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 41 years on Saturday when she beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7 (4) 6-3 in the final. (LILY)

Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei won her third doubles title at Wimbledon with a third different partner as she and Elise Mertens clung to for the victory in a marathon final against Russian duo Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina on Saturday . (LILY)

Seeders Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic became the first all-Croatian pair to win a men’s Grand Slam doubles title by outscoring Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7- 5 at Wimbledon on Saturday. (LILY)

Weekly Digest (July 5-11): From Messi and Argentina's Copa America triumph to Djokovic's victory at Wimbledon

Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer’s quarter-final loss to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz was his first straight-set loss at the All England Club since 2002. – GETTY IMAGES

Eight-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in a straight-set quarter-final loss on Wednesday. (LILY)

Nick Kyrgios has said he will not represent Australia at this year’s Olympics in Tokyo because he does not want to participate if there are no fans in the stands. (LILY)

World number three Rafa Nadal will return for the first time in more than a month to the Citi Open in Washington, organizers said Thursday. (LILY)


Rio Games silver medalist and reigning world champion PV Sindhu and B Sai Praneeth have been awarded easy draws for the Tokyo Olympics which kick off on July 23. (REPORT)

Indian parachutist Pramod Bhagat, qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, has been recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honor, by the Odisha government. (REPORT)

Olympic men’s singles gold medalist Chen Long of China will be the only defending champion in one of five categories at this year’s Games after the World Badminton Federation (BWF) on Monday released its final list of qualified. (REPORT)

For B. Evangeline, it will be a different Olympic debut. She will accompany the world champion and Rio Olympics silver medalist PV Sindhu as a physio for the Tokyo Games. (REPORT)


World number 1 and Indian boxing ace Amit Panghal was ranked fourth in the 52kg category, while Simranjit Kaur (60kg) was the only boxer in the country to be ranked fourth for the Olympics, starting from 23 July. (REPORT)

Mary Kom’s coach, Chhote Lal Yadav, has been named to the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI) list of coaches who will accompany the team to the Tokyo Olympics. (REPORT)


Indian shooters, training in Croatia and Italy, are due to leave for Tokyo on July 16 for the Olympics. (LILY)

The International Olympic Committee has approved the replacement in the mixed team shooting events at the upcoming Tokyo Games if an athlete from a participating country tests positive for COVID-19 just before the competition. (LILY)


Two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Keshav Datt died of age-related illnesses on Wednesday. He was 95 years old. (LILY)

Former Pakistani hockey player Naveed Alam, a member of the 1994 World Cup winning team, asked the government for financial help after being diagnosed with blood cancer. (LILY)


India’s top javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, billed as one of India’s brightest medal hopefuls in Tokyo, says he’s visualizing his throws at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo to prepare. (LILY)

Weekly Digest (July 5-11): From Messi and Argentina's Copa America triumph to Djokovic's victory at Wimbledon

Nerraj Chopra is a man on a mission to reach the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Reflecting on her journey from a career-threatening injury at the Rio Olympics in 2016 to becoming one of the top medal contenders for the Tokyo Games, wrestler Vinesh Phogat thanked her fans and supporters ahead of the next Games. Olympic. (LILY)

Sprint legend Usain Bolt is making an unconventional return to the track with the preparation for a promotional 800-meter race. (LILY)

Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko was sentenced Monday to six years in suspension for an elaborate attempt to deceive anti-doping authorities. (LILY)

Indian sprinter Hima Das on Tuesday vowed to make a comeback in major events next year after missing the Tokyo Olympics with injury. (LILY)

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