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Anirban grabs the lead

Gurgaon: Anirban Lahiri stamped his authority with a score of four-under 68 to grab the lead on day two of the DLF Masters golf tournament, here, on Thursday. The Bangalore golfer, who had shot a 68 in round one as well, is now two shots clear of the rest of the field at eight under 136 at the DLF Golf & Country Club. Jyoti Randhawa, the overnight leader, fired a steady 71 to end the day in 2nd position at six under 138.

Vikas wins

New Delhi: Vikas Krishan (69kg) notched up a comfortable win but the Indian boxing team also had its first moment of disappointment at the World Championships as Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) crashed out with an opening round loss in Baku. While Vikas beat Kyrgyzstanís Asadullo Boimurodov 16-8, Samota went down 12-14 against Vitalijus Subacius of Lithuania.

Chetri captain

New Delhi: As part of a rotation policy, goalkeeper Bharat Chetri was Thursday named captain while the controversial duo of Sandeep Singh and Sardara Singh have been recalled to the Indian hockey team for the tour of Australia starting next month.

Saina now 4th

New Delhi: Riding on her semi-final finish at the Japan Open Super Series, Saina Nehwal Thursday improved a rung to be placed fourth in the latest world badminton ranking. Commonwealth Games bronze medallist P Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram also surged ahead in the rankings to be placed 22nd and 24th respectively.

Karim ahead

New Delhi: Karim Bencherifa emerged as the frontrunner for the post of national coach after the emergency committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) met in Calcutta, late on Thursday. AIFF sources, however, said a decision could only be taken if the Salgaocar management agrees to release the Moroccan.

ICC visit

Dharamsala: Anurag Thakur, the BCCI joint-secretary, said that ICC will soon visit Dharamsala for an inspection, after which the countryís most scenic cricket venue could get a green signal for hosting one-day Internationals. Thakur also informed that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore could see some changes in the near future.


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