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India book berth in Asian meet

New Delhi: India assured themselves of a place in the Asian basketball championship to be held in China in September as the hosts recorded their third straight win, brushing aside Sri Lanka 101-54 in a middle-Asia zone qualifying round match here Friday.

India joined Uzbekistan at the top of the table with six points and the two teams will square up in the concluding match of the qualifier at the Talkatora Stadium Saturday.

Hefty ‘price’ on Becks’ head

Beijing: Chinese football fans will have to pay a hefty price for a glimpse of David Beckham and his Real Madrid colleagues when they play in Beijing.

Ticket prices for the Spanish team’s match against a Chinese XI at the 60,000-seat Worker’s Stadium are expected to cost up to 2,000 yuan ($250), more than a month’s salary for the average Beijing resident, the Shanghai Evening Post reported. Standard tickets are expected to fall into one of five price categories, ranging from 180 to 1,280 yuan. The Spanish League champions take to the field for the exhibition match on August 2.

City memorial for Foe

Manchester: Marc-Viven Foe’s last club Manchester City have announced a memorial service at Manchester Cathedral for the Cameroon international.

Foe was on loan at City last season and the club will pay their respects to the midfielder in the service, which takes place on Wednesday, July 16. Up to 1,000 people are expected to fill the cathedral and a PA system will be set up to relay the service to supporters outside.

Indian juniors in semi-finals

New Delhi: India thrashed Puerto Rico 25-17, 25-14, 25-11 to advance to the semi-finals of the boys’ U-19 world junior volleyball championship in Bangkok on Friday.

According to information received here, India who upset defending champions Brazil in the preliminary round, will take on Iran, who beat Thailand 25-16, 25-22, 25-19 in Saturday’s semi-final.

In the other semi-final, Brazil will take on the Czech Republic. Brazil beat Russia 25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 20-25, 17-15, while the Czech Republic defeated Australia 20-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-19.

Going by their present form, India start as favourites to beat Iran. When the teams met last time — in the final of the Asian Championship in Visakhapatnam in April last — India won 3-1.

Honour for Murali

Colombo: Sri Lanka is to honour their top wicket-taker, Muttiah Muralidharan by naming the country’s main cricket academy after him, a press report here said on Friday.

The government decided on the naming to honour one of the most prolific wicket-takers in the modern game, the Island newspaper quoted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as saying. The champion off-spinner with 459 Test scalps was given permission earlier this month by the cricket governing body’s executive committee to play six weeks of County cricket with Kent in England.

Peace Cup in Korea

Seoul: Olympique Lyon are one of eight international club sides competing in the inaugural Peace Cup tournament in South Korea from July 15-22. Clubs from five continents will take part in the event which offers $2 million for the winners.

The line-up also includes Germany’s TSV 1860 Munich, Besiktas of Turkey, Uruguay’s Nacional, Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa, Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, Los Angeles Galaxy and domestic league champions Seongnam Ilhwa.

The event is being hosted by Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation, which is linked to Reverend Moon Sun-myung’s Unification Church.

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