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Krishna wants a new date

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia is game for the $20,000 winner-takes-all discus throw contest with world champion Dani Samuels of Australia but rejected January 22 date for the duel as she wants to spend time with her family after a gruelling season. Poonia said she is ready for the contest in India next month before the Asian Games, which starts on November 12, or it will have to be after February next year.

Paulose chosen

Kannur: Arjuna Awardee Sinimole Paulose, has been chosen as the ‘best state sportsperson’ for the prestigious Jimmy George Foundation award, 2010.

Team announced

Chennai: The All India Karate-Do federation Tuesday announced the team for the 20th World Senior Karate Championship beginning at Belgrade, Serbia Wednesday. R.Thiagarajan from Tamil Nadu will be the head of the delegation while Bharat Sharma from Delhi will accompany the contingent as the team manager.

SAF Winter Games

Dehra Dun: First SAF Winter Games will be held in Uttarakhand from January 7 next year. The Games will be organised at the ski resort of Auli in Chamoli district and Dehra Dun from January 7 to 19 next year, said president of SAF Winter Games, Brig S.S.Patwal.

Malik ban

Karachi: Former captain Salim Malik wants the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and ICC to officially remove the life ban on him that was imposed in 2000 for his alleged involvement in match fixing.

Malik on Tuesday said that a civil court on the orders of the Supreme Court had deemed the ban illegal and cleared him but until now the ICC and PCB had not officially announced he was free of any life ban.

Billiards meet

Mumbai: Pankaj Advani and compatriot Geet Sethi have been given byes straight into the pre-quarter finals of the Asian Games billiards championship at Guangzhou, China next month. The two have been placed at the opposite ends of the draw as the No.1 and 2 seeds.

Golf meet

Bangalore: Defending champion Anirban Lahiri will look for a second title but the presence of India Open winner C.Muniyappa and DLF Masters holder Ashok Kumar will make his job difficult during the PGTI’s Rs 10 million BILT Open golf tournament which tees off here Wednesday.

Jones is sorry

Austin: Marion Jones is sorry, not so much about the performance enhancing drugs she took unknowingly, but for lying to federal investigators about her drug use. That, and her role in a check-fraud scam, are what landed her in prison for six months in 2008, during which she spent a month and a half in solitary confinement after fighting another inmate.

Venue shift

Mumbai: The I-League matches involving three Mumbai-based clubs are likely to be shifted to the South Western Maharashtra city of Kolhapur and the Western India Football Association is awaiting the final go-ahead from the AIFF.

Lajong move up

Gangtok: Lajong FC outclassed Sikkim Police 4-0, on Tuesday, to storm into the quarter final stage of the 32nd All India Governor's Gold Cup football tournament, at Paljor Stadium.

Nominations

Zurich: Seven players from Spain’s World Cup-winning team including Barcelona trio Andres Iniesta, David Villa and Xavi Hernandez were nominated Tuesday for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or world player of the year award.

Asif confident

Karachi: Mohammed Asif is confident of playing in the 2011 World Cup despite the pending allegations of spot-fixing and the ICC suspension.

Rizvi clarifies

Karachi: Younis Khan did not tender any written apology to PCB chairman Ijaz Butt in Lahore last week to pave his way back into the national squad, board legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said.

“No I would not say that Younus gave any written apology to the board but he did sign an undertaking that in future as a member of the national team he would strictly abide by the code of conduct and discipline,” Rizvi said.

Pak security

Karachi: A security consultant of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) has visited Pakistan to inspect the security situation in the country, re-igniting hopes of the strife-torn nation hosting international events. Ian Todd, a top security consultant was in Lahore this week to meet with PTF and security officials and also visited some venues.

Muster beaten

Vienna: Thomas Muster lost his first match back on the ATP Tour after 11 years away when he was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer at the Bank Austria Trophy.

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