Weekly Sports Digest: from Novak Djokovic’s 9th Australian Open title to IPL 2021 auction

World number one men’s singles Novak Djokovic won a record-breaking ninth Australian Open title after defeating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Chennai saw South Africa’s Chris Morris, New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell of Australia make big bucks.

Here’s a recap of all the major sports news and updates for the week (February 15-21) that has passed:

LOCUST

The Indian spinners patiently went through the English lineup on day four of the second test as India claimed a victory of 317 points. (REPORT)

Suryakumar Yadav earned an international call for the T20I series against England in March. He will be joined by his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan, who put on a big show in the 2020 Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates. (REPORT)

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South African bowling player Chris Morris broke Yuvraj’s record in the 2021 IPL auction when he was picked for Rs 16.25 crore by Rajasthan Royals. (REPORT)

Cricket South Africa said he was left “puzzled” by Cricket Australia’s decision two weeks ago not to travel for a series of three tests next month. (REPORT)

Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson ended up with the Royal Challengers Bangalore for around $ 2 million, making him the highest-paid New Zealander and the fourth in the IPL’s 14-year history. (REPORT)

Here is the full and updated squad list of all eight teams after the 2021 Indian Premier League auction held in Chennai. (READ)

Former Sri Lankan pace spearhead Chaminda Vaas has been named the team’s fast bowling coach. (REPORT)

Kings XI Punjab officially changed its name to Punjab Kings ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League auction. (REPORT)

Aussie stimulator Jhye Richardson was signed by the Punjab Kings in the 2021 IPL auction for Rs. 14 Crore. – TWITTER

Mumbai coach’s long wait for the Vijay Hazare Trophy came to an end when Ramesh Powar, the former Mumbai and India non-spinner, was handed the reins of the squad. (REPORT)

Former Indian batsman Sanjay Bangar has been hired as batting coach by the Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the 14th Indian Premier League season. (REPORT)

SOCCER

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid’s recent swing of form continued as they fell to their first loss in 12 league games, losing 2-0 to Levante at home. Real Madrid reduced their lead to three points after playing one more game. (REPORT)

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat at Anfield was their first home loss to rivals Everton since 1999 and a fourth straight league loss at home – something they haven’t experienced since 1924. (REPORT)

Amin Younes re-energized the Bundesliga title race by leading Eintracht Frankfurt to a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich on Saturday. (REPORT)

The 2022 FIFA World Cup / Asian Cup 2023 qualifying round matches in India, due to be played next month, have been postponed to June due to travel and quarantine restrictions linked to the coronavirus. (REPORT)

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On Friday, the AIFF disciplinary committee issued an additional ban of two matches and imposed a fine of Rs 2 Lakhs on Hugo Boumous of Mumbai City FC for “serious and serious undisciplinary acts and offenses”. (REPORT)

Marta scored from a 30th-minute penalty and Brazil beat Argentina 4-1 in the SheBelieves Cup opener. (REPORT)

ATK Mohun Bagan consolidated their position at the top of the current Indian Super League (ISL) by convincingly outperforming traditional rivals SC East Bengal 3-1 at Fatorda Stadium. (REPORT)

The Kerala Blasters have parted ways with head coach Kibu Vicuna following the team’s 4-0 loss to Hyderabad FC in the Indian Super League. (REPORT)

BADMINTON

The World Badminton Federation (BWF) said on Friday that Tokyo Olympics hopefuls will have until June 15 to qualify for the Games after a number of World Tour events were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (REPORT)

HOCKEY

The Indian men’s hockey team will step up their Olympic preparations with tours to Germany and Belgium this month. It will be his first international trip since the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted sporting activities across the world last March. (REPORT)

Weekly Sports Digest: from Novak Djokovic's 9th Australian Open title to IPL 2021 auction

Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh will lead the Indian hockey team in place of Manpreet Singh on their upcoming tours to Germany and Belgium.

Narinder Batra has decided to run for re-election as president of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in the governing body’s polls scheduled for May. (REPORT)

TURNING

Shooter Manu Bhaker has requested action against two Air India employees for harassing her as she attempted to board a flight to Bhopal from Delhi. (REPORT)

All of India’s top shooters, including the 15 Tokyo Olympics quota holders, will compete in the World Cup, which runs March 18-29. (REPORT)

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has announced that the 64th National Rifle Championship will be held in Bhopal and Delhi in April. (REPORT)

India will not participate in the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Changwon in April due to the mandatory two-week quarantine rules in South Korea, which will hamper the training of shooters. (REPORT)

TENNIS

World No.1 Novak Djokovic beats Medvedev to win his 9th Australian Open en route to his 18th Grand Slam trophy on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena. (REPORT)

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Naomi Osaka beat Jennifer Brady in a 6-4, 6-3 victory to win her second Australian Open title and fourth Grand Slam at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday. (REPORT)

Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek won their first Grand Slam title together on Sunday, beating defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 6-4 in the final. (REPORT)

Rajeev Ram and Barbora Krejcikova won their second major title in two, beating Matthew Ebden and Samantha Stosur to win the Australian Open mixed doubles final on Saturday. (REPORT)

Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka won the Australian Open women’s doubles final on Friday to claim their second Grand Slam trophy as a team. (REPORT)

Indian Ankita Raina won her first WTA title on Friday as she and Russian partner Kamilla Rakhimova won the Phillip Island Trophy doubles event here. (REPORT)

After a hiatus of nearly 27 months, Indian Yuki Bhambri has announced his return from another injury-forced hiatus by competing in the ATP 250 Singapore Tennis Open, starting next week. (REPORT)

Weekly Sports Digest: from Novak Djokovic's 9th Australian Open title to IPL 2021 auction

Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates with the trophy after winning the women’s singles final at the 2021 Australian Open against Jennifer Brady. – Reuters

BOXING

The International Boxing Association has questioned the International Olympic Committee’s decision to cancel the sport’s world qualifiers for this year’s Olympics, saying the plan to allocate rankings-based quotas would deprive several young boxers of ‘a chance to fight for a place in Tokyo. (REPORT)

The Indian boxers continued their strong run as Alfiya Pathan (81 + kg) won the country’s first gold in the final of the 30th Adriatic Pearl tournament in Budva, Montenegro. (REPORT)

ATHLETICS

Russian athletes will compete under the acronym ROC at the Tokyo Olympics this year, as part of sanctions for several doping scandals, the International Olympic Committee has said. (REPORT)

Two-time Croatian high jump world champion and Olympic medalist Blanka Vlasic has announced her retirement after a long battle with injuries. (REPORT)

Seiko Hashimoto, 56, has been appointed president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee replacing Yoshiro Mori, 83, a former Japanese prime minister who was forced to resign last week for making sexist comments. (REPORT)

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