Indian boys defeat Italy
Chennai: Indian boys have kept their chances of progressing to the next grade alive with a win against strong contenders, Italy, in their third league match of the World Under-19 Youth Volleyball Championship in Algeria. India downed the Italians 19-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-21, a Volleyball Federation of India release said here on Saturday.
India had earlier won against Canada but lost to Poland.
Akhil, Jitender ruled out
New Delhi: In a huge setback to the country's medal hopes, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar were ruled unfit just hours before the Indian team was to leave for Vietnam for the Asian Boxing Championships.
Akhil and Jitender, gold winners in the bantam weight and heavyweight categories, respectively, in the recently concluded Commonwealth Championships, sustained injuries in Taiwan. With the duo being ruled out, India will have representation in only eight out of the 11 weight categories.
Ritwik, Joshna in semis
Jaipur: Top seeds Ritwik Bhattacharya and Joshna Chinappa sailed into the semi-finals with convincing victories in the Harish Chandra Golecha Memorial Squash Tournament here on Saturday.
Joshna trounced Tanya Ananda 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 to storm into the semi-final. The other semi-finalists are Dipika Pallikal, Surabhi Mishra and Tanvi Jain
In men's quarter final, Ritwik beat Naresh Kumar of Delhi 9-0, 9-1, 9-1. The other semi-final berths were grabbed by Dheeraj Singh, Gaurav Nandrajog and Supreet Singh.
Rally from October 1
Shimla: The 7th Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya Rally will begin on October 1, it was announced here on Saturday .The distance to be covered is about 2000km.
The rally, comprising five legs, will be flagged off at Shimla and pass through Lahaul-Spiti, Sarchu, Udaipur, Killar and will culminate in Manali. It will not enter Laddakh this year and instead include the Pangi tribal valley in Chamba in its route.
Maradona's balancing act
Buenos Aires: Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona's television commitments are not interfering with his role as director of football at Boca Juniors, club president Mauricio Macri said on Friday.
'I think he can do both jobs, more than anything because we have agreed that Diego will take it easy at first,' said Macri in a radio interview. 'He will take on more responsibilities in the near future but not immediately.
'In the medium term, he will dedicate himself more to football and leave the communication role to one side.'
Maradona presents a two-hour television show every Monday.
Montevideo: Uruguay coach Jorge Fossati promised to stop smoking on Friday after being discharged from hospital where he had been kept for two nights after suffering chest pains.
Fossati, who chain-smokes during matches, added that his battle against cigarettes would be more difficult than beating Colombia in next month's World Cup qualifier.
'I will carry on with a normal life with the recommendation that one day I have to stop smoking, which was something I already knew,' Fossati said.
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