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Sania storms into last 8

Hyderabad: Sania Mirza bulldozed past Eny Sulistyowati of Indonesia 6-1, 6-1 to enter the quarter finals in the second leg of the $ 10,000 ITF women’s circuit in Jakarta according to information available here. Shruti Dhawan went down 2-6, 4-6 against Sandy Gamulya of Indonesia in another second round encounter.

In doubles, top seeds Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi reached the quarter finals defeating Chattida Thimjapo and Varanya Vijuksanaboon of Thailand 6-1, 6-2.

Record profit for Magpies

England: Newcastle United have announced record operating profit in the year ending July 31, 2003 of £27.6 million ($46 million).

The figure, which is before player trading and amortisation are taken into account, was boosted by the clubs run to the second group phase of the Champions League last season.

Turnover increased 36 per cent from £70.9 million ($118 million) to £96.4 million ($160 million).

Second-string team

New Delhi: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Wednesday announced a second string men’s team for the upcoming Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad.

The squad features none of the players of the Indian team which lost to Holland in the Davis Cup match last month. With Leander Paes recovering from a parasitic infection, the prominent players missing from the list include Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Prakash Amritraj and Harsh Mankad.

But the Indian women’s team will be in full strength with Sania Mirza and Megha Varkaria leading the charge The others being Rushmi Chakravarthy, Sonal Phadke. Enrico Piperno was named as the captain of the women’s team and S. P. Misra as the men’s skipper.

Jeered Ruggeri calls it quits

Buenos Aires: Former Argentina defender Oscar Ruggeri resigned as coach of Independiente on Tuesday, two days after being jeered and insulted by the club’s supporters during a home defeat by Colon.

Ruggeri, who played in the 1986, 1990 and 1994 World Cups, said “I’ve never seen so much aggression and, I don’t want to do anything that might damage a fantastic squad, ...I will leave Independiente,” the former South American Footballer of the Year told reporters.

Ticket prices rise

Hamburg: Germany are set to ask Fifa to raise ticket prices for the 2006 World Cup as the hosts come to terms with economic difficulties and the search for new backers.

The 3.2 million tickets were due to go on sale from 25 euros upwards but the committee are to consult Fifa about making the cheapest ticket 33 euros.

“We have to keep ourselves in profit,” said committee vice-president R. Schmidt.

Bayern’s claim

Munich: Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed his team would be top of the Bundesliga if the German Football Federation (DFB) had not forced some Bayern stars to play with niggling injuries. Bayern suffered a 3-2 defeat by VfL Wolfsburg. “Without this defeat we would be top of the table,” he said.

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