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Scindia re-elected MPCA president

Indore: Union minister of state for commerce and industry, Jyotiraditya Scindia, has been re-elected as the president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). He defeated Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijaywargia by a margin of 74 votes. This is the first time that elections for the post of the MPCA president were being held, as earlier candidates were chosen by consensus.

n Wellington: The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chiefs, on Monday, backed the idea of fundraising matches for flood-ravaged Pakistan but ruled out the prospect of the Black Caps travelling there. Reports from Pakistan indicated New Zealand had offered to play there to raise funds for flood victims, but New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said his message to the PCB had been misconstrued.

Latif resigns

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif resigned as the batting coach of Afghanistan’s national cricket team, on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences with the officials and the Afghan association.

Silver for Pal

Singapore: India’s Durgesh Kumar Pal cliched the silver with a personal best timing of 50.81sec in the 400m hurdles on the ninth day of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, on Monday. Cuba’s Lara Norge Sotomayor, who finally clocked 50.69sec to win the gold.

Aquatics

Jaipur: Top swimmers such as Rehan Poncha and Virdhawal Khade will look to seal their place in the Commonwealth Games squad, while vying for the top honours in the 64th Senior National Aquatic Championship starting Tuesday.

7 suspended

Islamabad: Seven track and field athletes from Pakistan have been suspended for two years for doping, after testing positive for banned steroids.

New partner

London: Formula One signed up Swiss bank UBS as a global partner, on Monday. This deal is hoped to mark a turnaround for the sport, after the exit of several other financial institutions due to the economic crisis. No financial details were given for this deal.

Squillaci deal

Madrid: Sevilla have agreed to sell France defender Sebastien Squillaci to Arsenal, subject to a medical, the Spanish club said on Sunday. The 30-year-old has been given permission to travel to London on Monday, the Sevilla club said in a statement.

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