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Stockholm: On a final day when no one seemed to be able to score, Jeev Milkha Singh overcame a horrible stretch of six bogeys in eight holes to card a 75 and finish tied sixth at the Nordea Masters.
Jeev’s 75 had six bogeys and three birdies, one of them on the 17th. 29-year-old Swede Alex Noren, who started with a 11 shot advantage at the start of the day, grabbed a comprehensive seven shot victory despite a 77 in the final round.
Chennai: Defending champion Vidya Pillai of Tamil Nadu, along with Maharashtra’s Arantxa Sanchis, Sunday advanced to the final of the Ladies snooker National Championship here with straightforward victories. Pillai overcame Neena Praveen, also of Tamil Nadu, 3-1, while Sanchis defeated giant-killer Suniti Damani of Bengal 3-0 in the semi-finals.
Astana: Three Indian pugilists — Shyam Kumar Kakara (46kg), Abhay Singh (54kg) and Malkhan (60kg) — went down fighting in the quarter finals on the second day of the second AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships, here on Sunday. Shyam lost to Dmytro Zamotayev of Ukraine, Malkhan went down to Fraser Gorn of Scotland and Abhay was defeated by Samuel Ball of Scotland.
Calcutta: India’s Armaan Ebrahim completed a good weekend with a sixth place finish in the 10th round of the FIA Formula 2 championship here Sunday. The 22-year old Armaan, who had secured a ninth place and two points in Saturday’s ninth round, collected eight more points Sunday.
New Delhi: Japan’s Maharu Yoshimura was the only paddler to break the Chinese domination as he emerged champion in the boy’s event but the Asian gaints swept all the other finals at the 17th Asian Junior Table Tennis Championships here Sunday. Yoshimura beat Yin Hang 13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 11-13, 14-12 in a hard-fought battle.
New Delhi: Unhappy at the non-inclusion of one of its players, the Rowing Federation of India (RFI) Sunday alleged that “undeserving candidates” were recommended for the prestigious Arjuna Award through canvassing by disregarding the government guidelines. In a letter to sports minister Ajay Maken, RFI president CP Singh Deo said that rower Saji Thomas was overlooked for the award despite his consistent achievements in the last 10 years.
Melbourne: Former Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden is set to return to competitive cricket at 39 as a player for Brisbane Heat T20 side in the expanded Big Bash League Twenty20 next season. Hayden is set to sign a deal with Brisbane Heat to be part of the eight-team, city-based Twenty20 competition.
Lahore: They might have signed up with the franchises but Pakistan hockey star Rehan Butt has made it clear that he and his teammates will participate in the proposed World Series of Hockey in India only after it is sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation.