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Woods set to defend his title

Orlando: Tiger Woods will return Down Under to defend his title at the Australian Masters. Woods announced on his website on Tuesday that he will play the Australian Masters on November 11-14. He won the event last year at Kingston Heath for his 82nd title worldwide. It was the last tournament he played before his November 27 car accident that led to revelations of his sexual affairs.

Observer

New Delhi: The sports ministry on Tuesday appointed an observer Depika Kachhal for the BAI elections on June 13 in Chennai and asked its chief V K Verma to comply with the government guidelines if the national federation has to retain its recognition.

Poor show

New Delhi: Somdev Dev Varman and Rohan Bopanna crashed out in the opening rounds of their respective ATP events in London and Halle. Mardy Fish thrashed Somdev 6-1, 6-4 while Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands beat Bopanna 6-4, 7-6.

Bad luck

New Delhi: Caught between the federation and the sports ministry’s tug-of-war over procedures, Indian junior wrestlers will miss the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship starting in China from Wednesday.

Confident

London: Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi will start Sunday’s Canadian Formula One Grand Prix with a different chassis after struggling to score points in recent races.

Long wait

New Delhi: Force India have told rivals Lotus that they face a long wait before technical head Mark Smith can join the Formula One newcomers.

Gay fitness

Raleigh: Former world champion Tyson Gay’s fitness level is likely to keep him out of Saturday’s New York Diamond League meeting, his agent stated on Monday.

Landis lawyer

New York: Floyd Landis, who last month admitted doping throughout his cycling career and accused Lance Armstrong and others, has hired a law firm that once represented US cyclist Greg LeMond.

Richest league

London: The Bundesliga overtook the Premiership as the world’s most profitable league in 2008-09 despite English soccer enjoying record revenues, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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