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Spain still on top; India 162

Zurich: Spain clung to the top of the Fifa rankings despite modest friendly performances this month.

India, meanwhile, dropped two places to stand at No. 162 with 119 points.

Rankings

1. (1) Spain, 2. (2) Netherlands, 3. (3) Germany, 4. (4) Uruguay, 5. (7) England, 6. (5) Brazil, 7. (8) Portugal, 8. (12) Croatia, 9. (6) Italy, 10. (10) Argentina

Djeparov award

Kuala Lumpur: Uzbekistan midfielder Server Djeparov has won the Asian Football Confederation’s Player of the Year award for the second time.

Bhutia school

Calcutta: The much-awaited academy of Bhaichung Bhutia, on Wednesday, got the green light from the state government and it will come up in Siliguri.

Satinder wins

Lahore: Indian wrestler Satinder Singh maintained his winning streak by defeating Pakistan’s Imran Ali Pattawala in the third and final match of the wrestling championship between the two countries in Faisalabad, on Wednesday.

Kubica’s delay

Enstone: Renault has confirmed Robert Kubica will miss at least the early part of the 2012 season as he struggles to recover from serious injuries sustained in a rally crash this year.

Randhawa view

Jamshedpur: Golf has plenty of opportunity to grow in India where cricket has almost reached its peak, said top ranking golfer and Asian Tour Player of the Year, Jyoti Randhawa.

“Everything — from Test to Twenty-20 — has happened in cricket, which has reached its peak, but the game of golf has a lot to show to the country,” Randhawa, who took part in the Tata Open, said.

Westwood back

Miami: Britain’s world No.3 Lee Westwood has had a change of heart and rejoined the PGA Tour for the 2012 season. Westwood, who last year questioned the need to play some of the events in the States, will split his time between the European Tour and the U.S. circuit.

“It just felt right in Ryder Cup year to commit to a full programme in the United States,” Westwood said in a statement.

Saina loses

Shanghai: Fourth seed Saina Nehwal made a shock first-round exit from the China Open as Indian challenge ended in the singles events, here, on Wednesday. Saina made a strong start by winning the first game but went on to lose 21-15, 22-24, 15-21 in the women’s singles.

There is no Indian left in the men’s singles event as Parupalli Kashyap lost 17-21, 16-21 to Japan’s Kenichi Tago in 46 minutes in his first round match. Ajay Jayaram then lost his men’s singles first round match 18-21, 19-21 to Hong Kong’s Wing Ki Wong.

Staff Reporter & Agencies

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