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Sania moves ahead

Pattaya: Sania Mirza erased a one-set deficit to record her first win of the season as she downed Japanese Ayumi Morita 3-6, 6-1 6-2 in the opening round of the Pattaya Open.

The unseeded Indian took one hour and 32 minutes to tame her rival. Sania next faces world No.16 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the second round.

Zambia in final

Bata: Emmanuel Mayuka came off the bench to score a late goal and give Zambia a shock 1-0 win over Ghana in their African Nations Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Roman whims

London: Roman Abramovich’s £28m acquisition of Andre Villas-Boas in 2011 took Chelsea’s managerial compensation bill to £64m since Jose Mourinho left in 2007. Despite this the club have begun to make steady progress towards a more self-sustaining model with Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations looming.        

Diptayan draws

Calcutta: Diptayan Ghosh held Russian GM Dobrov Vladimir to a commendable draw in a group B match of the Aeroflot Open in Moscow on Wednesday. In the same group, Mary Ann Gomes beat Pogos Nakhapetiane of Russia.

In group A, GM B. Adhiban beat higher seed Markus Ragger of Austria. National champion Abhijeet Gupta also scored a fine technical win against Russian GM Aleksei Pridorozhni. Sandipan Chanda was held to a draw by young Russian Daniil Dubov.

Dope test

New Delhi: Two hammer throwers tested positive out of the 30 samples collected by Nada during the Athletic segment of the 57th National School Games held in Ludhiana from January 20.

Poor start

Bangkok: Seasoned golfer Smriti Mehra stuttered to a two-over 74 in the opening round of the 25th Thailand Ladies Open here on Wednesday. She was placed tied 42nd, while Neha Tripathi is lying tied 98th.

Di Resta happy

Jerez: Force India’s winter testing programme got underway on Wednesday with Paul di Resta expressing satisfaction at the performance of the brand new VJM05 in warm and sunny weather conditions, here.

Bracken ire

Sydney: Former Australian pacer Nathan Bracken has accused Cricket Australia of negligence, arguing their doctors and lead physiotherapist can’t provide “competent” medical advice to elite athletes.

Nyoka case

Johannesburg: The chairman of legal and governance committee of Cricket South Africa (CSA) Ajay Sooklal has disclosed that he was sent around the country to lobby provincial affiliates in support of a campaign to oust president Mtutuzeli Nyoka.

Staff reporter & agencies