Simons in reckoning for job
New Delhi: Former South African cricketer Eric Simons has emerged as a frontrunner for taking over as the bowling coach of the Indian team. Although the Cricket Board has not made a formal announcement about his appointment yet, it is learnt that Simons will be asked to take up the assignment on a trial basis.
Simons, a former cricketer who played 23 ODIs and was also South Africa’s coach from 2002 to 2004, may be asked to join the squad in Bangladesh before the first Test gets underway in Chittagong from January 17.
Bursa: Continuing their excellent run, India defeated Turkey 3-1 in the fourth round to remain in joint lead at the World Team Chess Championship here. Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran led from the front yet again while P Harikrishna delivered the goods on the second board to complete the Indian victory. The other two games were drawn. The Indians took their tally to a very impressive six points out of a possible eight and share the lead with Russia, Armenia, Israel and the US.
Jha is a GM
Chennai: Delhi’s Sriram Jha has become the latest Indian chess player to get a Grand Master title from the International Chess Federation (FIDE).
Perth: Tommy Robredo upended world No. 4 Andy Murray to help Spain rally for a 2-1 victory over Britain in the Hopman Cup final on Saturday. Earlier, 15-year-old Laura Robson had stunned world No. 26 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1, 7-6 to give Britain a surprise lead before Robredo responded for Spain with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 upset of Murray.
Sydney: Serena Williams was on her best behaviour when she arrived in Sydney on Saturday to put the finishing touches to her preparations for the Australian Open. The American was all smiles as she turned on the charm offensive for the media scrum that greeted her in the arrivals hall at Sydney airport.
New Delhi: Indian boxing is all set to get an exclusive marketing agent by the end of this month with the federation today floating the tender for it, seeking a response from the interested firms within the next 21 days.
Rome: Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi has had minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the Serie A leaders said on their website on Friday.
Berlin: Injury-plagued playmaker Franck Ribery will miss the Bundesliga restart next week because of an inflammation that forced him to have his big toenails removed, said coach Louis van Gaal. “It’s disappointing he hasn’t been able to train with the team,” Van Gaal said.