Paes’ coach passes away
Sydney: Former Australian doubles specialist and Leander Paes’ former coach Bob Carmichael died at the age of 63 in Melbourne on Tuesday, Tennis Australia said in a statement.
Nicknamed ‘Nails’, Carmichael coached the Indian star for three years from 1998 before discontinuing for health reasons.
Ex-carpenter and boxer Carmichael started his career in the early 1960s. He helped found the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and based himself in Versailles to pursue goals on the European circuit as the professional game took over. He reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in 1970, the same year he achieved a top 10 singles ranking. In 1979, his last year on the circuit, he was a doubles semi-finalist at Wimbledon and the US Open.
Indian eves second after Round IV
New Delhi: Indian women, who have failed to impress in the individual category so far, were placed a creditable second in team classification after the fourth round of the world weightlifting championships in Vancouver.
India garnered 60 points to be placed behind China with 94 in team classification. North Korea was placed third with 51 points, according to information received here on Tuesday.
The team classification points are awarded on the basis of rankings for individual performances and India scored points for its fifth, sixth and seventh place finishes in various weight categories so far.
Meanwhile, Prasmita Mangraj managed only 190kg for 18th place finish in the 58kg weight category. She lifted a total of 85kg in snatch and 105kg in clean and jerk. India cut a sorry figure in the men’s team classification, languishing on the 31st place while China (125), Turkey (72) and Belarus (59) enjoyed top three positions in the competition.
Stuttgart eye Klose
Stuttgart: VfB Stuttgart coach Felix Magath has revealed that he will try and sign Kaiserslautern striker Miroslav Klose, should the club lose the services of star marksman Kevin Kuranyi. Brazilian-born Kuranyi, 21, has been linked with AC Milan, Barcelona and Schalke 04 after some stellar displays this season and Bundesliga leaders Stuttgart are facing a real fight to hang onto the Germany international who is contracted until 2005.
AC Milan launch Japanese website
Rome: European champions AC Milan has become the first Italian football club to publish a Japanese version of its official website.
“We are taking AC Milan directly into the important Japanese market via an innovative internet project,” said Riccardo Silva, chief executive of Milan channel. Laura Masi, Milan vice-commercial director, said the club were planning to launch versions in three new languages in the near future. “The Japanese version is the first stage of Milan operating as a global brand. We will soon be launching versions in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.”
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