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Nehwal drops 2 spots to 10th
Saina Nehwal’s first-round exit in the Asian Badminton Championship has pushed her two places down the rung at 10, while Chetan Anand climbed a spot in the latest ranking issued on Thursday.
Saina, who rose to eighth spot riding on her quarter final appearance in the Indian Open recently, faltered in the first round of the Asian Badminton Championship. Chetan managed to rise one spot and Arvind Bhat gained a place to rise to 27th spot. P. Kashyap was ranked 35th, while Anand Pawar figured at 49th place.
Shahbaz in last 8
Junior national champion Shahbaz Khan toppled China’s top-seed Li Yuan 75-40, 66-19, 70-23 to enter the quarter finals of the Rewale Group Asian Under-21 snooker tournament at the P.Y.C. Gymkhana on Thursday. However, India’s Shravan Mohta lost 1-3 to Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon of Thailand in group B.
In the Asian Billiards Championships, Geet Sethi beat Myanmar’s Kayw Oo 3-2 in group B while Pankaj Advani beat Indian compatriot Dhruv Sitwala 3-0 in group A. City champion, Sourav Kothari lost 2-3 to Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist.
The Indian duo of SSP Chowrasia and Shiv Kapur risk missing the cut in the Volvo China Open golf tournament after poor opening rounds Thursday. SSP hit a three-over 75 to finish tied 72nd while Shiv Kapur’s six-over 78 had him at tied 120th.
Two indoor pole vault world records set by Yelena Isinbayeva were ratified Thursday by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Women’s Basketball Association of West Bengal will organise an inter-school basketball tournament at the Loreto House Courts from Friday. Teams from 13 schools will participate in the event.
The Pakistan Cricket Board is consulting foreign security companies in a bid to revive international cricket in the country and prevent relocation of the 2011 World Cup matches to be held in Pakistan.
: Injury-plagued pace bowler Simon Jones will undergo further knee surgery on Thursday which will almost certainly rule him out of the Ashes. The 30-year-old, who picked up 18 wickets to help England win the Ashes in 2005, had surgery last September.
Malaysia has offered two of its ICC-recognised cricket venues to Pakistan so that it can fulfil its international commitments and hold matches that were cancelled in the aftermath of the terror attack on Sri Lanka cricket team.
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