Saina goes down
New Delhi: Saina Nehwal went down to Xuerui Li of China in 18-21, 29-30 in the second round of women’s singles, to crash out of the French Open Super Series at Paris on Thursday.
Ajay Jayaram and Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa too suffered defeats to draw curtains on the country’s campaign at the event.
Jayaram suffered a 19-21, 14-21 loss to sixth seed Chinese Jin Chen. Jwala and Ashwini too lost 13-21, 12-21 to sixth-seeded Korean combination of Jung Eun Ha and Min Jung Kim.
Chandigarh: Thirteen teams from across the world, including hosts India, will vie for top honours in the second edition of the kabaddi World Cup to be held in Punjab from November 1 to 20.
Leeds: Indian cueists led by Geet Sethi, Devendra Joshi, Pankaj Advani and Alok Kumar advanced to Group Stage II of World Billiards Championship, being played here. The others to advance included B. Bhaskar, Rupesh Shah, Sourav Kothari, and Dhruv Sitwala.
Calcutta: CESC thrashed Bishalakhhi SA 8-1 in a Beighton Cup qualifying match at the SAI's artificial turf on Thursday. In another match, SAI Training Centre drubbed Howrah Union 5-1.
Johannesburg: The promised government probe into the alleged irregularities in the finances of Cricket South Africa (CSA), which was sparked by irregular IPL bonus payments to its chief executive Gerald Majola, has been delayed by a further week.
New Delhi: Former India cricketer Pankaj Dharmani, who had captained Punjab in Ranji Trophy for the last five seasons has announced his retirement from first class cricket on Thursday.
Bob, Hadlee view
Melbourne: While quite a few contemporary cricketers have time and again expressed their helplessness with regard to the tight international calendar, two former greats -- Bob Simpson and Sir Richard Hadlee -- have questioned the concerns about too much cricket.
Two of the game’s finest cricketers, both claimed they benefited from playing constantly.
Calcutta: Outgoing Cricket Australia chairman Jack Clarke says he is leaving the role confident of Australian cricket's future after key strategic decisions made in the last year.
“Pivotal to this vision is the need for cricket to engage with all Australians,” Clarke said.