Boxers shine in Incheon
New Delhi: Santosh Harijan and Mandeep Jangra registered easy wins to book quarter final berths, but medal prospect Shiva Thapa pulled out owing to a shoulder injury as the Indian boxers enjoyed mixed success at the Asian Confederation Boxing Championships in Incheon, South Korea, on Sunday.
Santosh (52kg) beat Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia 18-9, while the nimble-footed Mandeep got the better of Komiljon Kholioov of Tajikistan 21-9.
Pune: Shweta Chaudhary, eager to bag a quota place for next yearís London Olympics, upstaged Games berth earner Rahi Sarnobat by finishing above the latter in the qualifying rounds of the 10m air pistol event in the Gun for Glory shooting championship here Sunday.
Chennai: Asian champion Yasin Merchant showed the form of old as he demolished Devendra Joshi (PSPB) to progress to the pre-quarter finals of the 78th Senior National Snooker Championship here Sunday.
Toronto: Sania Mirza overcame a second set lapse to beat local wild card Heidi El Tabakh and move to the second and final qualifying round of the WTA Rogers Cup here. Seeded 11th in the qualifying event, Sania dispatched the Canadian 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 after one hour and 42 minutes.
Calcutta: A confident Indian side will take on hosts Nepal in the second semi-final of the SAFF under-16 Championship, to be played at the Dashrath Stadium, in Kathmandu, on Monday.
Nagpur: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Shashank Manoharís panel retained its stronghold over the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), as its candidate Prakash Dixit was elected as the VCA president, sources said. Wijay Chitaley was appointed as the new secretary while Manoharís son Adwait was elected as the VCA vice-president.
Karachi: The PCB has refused permission to the players selected for Zimbabwe tour to participate in Ramazan Twenty20 tournaments underway here. Even though Pakistanís former captain Moin Khan made a special request to PCB to allow the players in the Zimbabwe-bound squad to play in the tournament organised by him for departmental teams, the Board has declined to give clearance.
Lahore: Disappointment is in store for Pakistanís cricketers as there will be no increase in their monthly salaries or match and tour fees when the PCB offers them central contracts for the next six months on Monday. According to sources in the PCB, there will be no pay hikes in the new contracts that have finally been approved by chairman Ijaz Butt.