Robin to lead Arsenal
London: Robin van Persie will captain Arsenal in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham on Sunday in the absence of Cesc Fabregas. Fabregas was ruled out of Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley with a hamstring injury late Thursday night and Arsene Wenger confirmed at his press conference Friday that Van Persie would take over the captaincy duties.
London: Manchester United’s American owners denied suggestions of an imminent sale by insisting Friday that they haven’t held takeover talks and are committed to the 18-time English champions for the “long term.”
Nyon: Uefa president Michel Platini has warned Croatia that its national and club teams will face a lengthy suspension from European competitions if fan violence continues.
Chonburi: The Indian trio of Shiv Kapur, Himmat Rai and Gaganjeet Bhullar missed out on berths for the British Open at the International Final Qualifying Asia, here Friday. Kapur (66-73) and Rai (71-68) finished tied 10th, while Bhullar (70-73) was 33rd.
Novak in final
Dubai: Novak Djokovic has reached the Dubai Championships final for the third year running, defeating a hobbling Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic who retired with the score 6-7 (5), 6-2, 4-2 Friday.
Karachi: The PCB may have refused to back them in their legal fight, but it is keen to ensure that the banned trio of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer are allowed to financially sustain themselves in the period of their punishment.
Karachi: Desperate to revive international cricket in Pakistan, the PCB has written to its Sri Lankan counterpart requesting it to tour the country this year for a full series. “We have written to them a few months back highlighting the fact that it would be a big boost for Pakistan cricket if they agreed to play the series as scheduled in Pakistan,” an official said.
Calcutta: The Telegraph defeated Uninor-A by five wickets in a six-a-side cricket match in the CCFC Telegraph Cup on Friday.
The Telegraph 63/1 vs Uninor-A 60/2. The Telegraph won by 5 wkts; Star Den 65/0 vs Gandeep Sales 61/4. Star Den won by 6 wkts; DBS Bank 76/3 vs CESC 75/1. DBS Bank won by 1 run; Godfrey Philips 44/4 vs IBM 84/1. IBM won by 40 runs;
ITC 84 / 1 vs UT Worldwide 62 / 3. ITC won by 22 runs; J. Thomas 70/5 vs Gee Pee Infotech 63/3. J. Thomas won by 7 runs.
Calcutta: Skytrack beat Vodafone 38-12, while TCS beat WM 27-17 in mercantile mixed basketball on Friday.