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India juniors clinch title

New Delhi: New Delhi: Indian colts drubbed their arch-rivals Pakistan 5-0 to lift the six-nation junior challenge cup hockey tournament in Poland on Sunday.

The under-21 team, which needed just a draw in their last league fixture, rode on a brilliant performance by Sandeep Kumar to take the title with a clean sweep, Indian Hockey Federation secretary K. Jothikumaran said.

Sandeep sounded the board four times after Prabodh Tirkey opened the account.

India won all their league fixtures in impressive style to top the table, recording maximum points possible.

In earlier matches, the Indians colts had defeated Malaysia 3-0, Germany 3-0, Poland 9-1 and France 10-1.

Double for China

Singapore: World No. 1 Chen Hong retained his Singapore Open title with a 11-15, 15-8, 15-4 win over Chinese compatriot Chen Yu in the menís singles final on Sunday.

China also emerged victorious in the womenís singles, where Zhang Ning defeated countrywoman Zhou Mi 11-0, 11-8 to win her second crown here.

In the third all-Chinese final of the day, fifth seeds Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen out-duelled Gao Ling and Huang Sui 17-16, 15-7 to claim the womenís doubles.

The menís doubles final was an all-Danish affair. Top seeds Jens Eriksen and Martin Lundgaard overcame Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen 15-9, 15-10.

Ricardo for Racing

Madrid: Racing Santander have signed goalkeeper Ricardo from Manchester United on a season-long loan deal, Spanish media reported on Sunday.

ďIím looking forward to playing again in the Spanish league and helping Racing,Ē Ricardo said at his presentation in Santander. Ricardo was signed by Manchester United from Valladolid in August 2002 but rarely featured for the English club.

India go down to Germany

Chennai: The Indian under-21 team failed to put up a resistance going down 0-3 to a Germany in the world volleyball championship in Teheran. The Germans, using their height to good effect, beat India 25-23, 25-15, 25-13 in 84 minutes.

According to information received here, India put up some resistance in the first set, but thereafter they were never in the run.

Meanwhile, the senior Indian team defeated Bulgaria 3-1 to keep hopes alive of finishing in top two of the five-team international volleyball tournament for the Tomis Trophy in Costanta, Romania.

India, with two wins, and a loss to Romania, will take on Moldova in their final league encounter, a press release said.

In their first match against Albania, India came from behind to win 23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-15, but lost to Romania in the second at 22-25, 18-25, 23-25. In their third match, India defeated Bulgaria 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18.

All fired-up

Akron: British Open champion Ben Curtis fired a two-over-par 72 in the World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational third round on Saturday before dashing off to attend his own wedding.

The 26-year-old Curtis, who won last monthís British Open after starting the week as a 300-1 outsider, was scheduled to marry his fiancee Candace Beatty at the United Methodist Church in Kent, Ohio.

Asked how fresh he would be as a newly-married man for Sunday's final round, Curtis replied: ďIt all depends on my tee time. But Iíve played tired before, so you never know.Ē

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