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Deepika enters the final

Calcutta: Deepika Kumari made it to the final of the womenís recurve individual event of the World Cup Stage II, in Antalya, on Thursday. She will play Koreaís Lee Sung Jin in the summit clash on Saturday. The 18-year-old defeated Chinese Taipeiís Lin Chia-En by 6-1 set points in the semi-finals.

Sania in semis

Estoril: Sania Mirza and partner Anastasia Rodionova breezed past Megan Moulton-Levy and Lindsay Lee-Waters in straight sets to book a semi-final berth in the Estoril Open, here. The second seeded Indo-Australian pair needed just 55 minutes to defeat their American rivals 6-0, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the clay court event.

Arjen contract

Munich: Arjen Robben has extended his contract with Bayern Munich for another two years until 2015, ending months of media speculation about the Dutch wingerís future.

Mixed day

New Delhi: Indian pugilists had a mixed day at the third International Republic of Kazakhstan Presidentís Cup with Manpreet Singh and L. Devendro Singh advancing to the semi-finals while Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumar crashed out on the second day of the meet in Almaty.

Clearance

New Delhi: After clearing all the obstacles, wrestler Geetika Jakhar is all set to fly to Finland for the final Olympic Qualifiers, which starts in Helsinki on Friday.

India advance

New Delhi: The Indian menís team, led by national champion Saurav Ghosal, put up a dominating show to sail into the quarter-finals of the 16th Asian Team Squash Championship in Kuwait.

Confirmation

New Delhi: Parupalli Kashyap will represent India in the London Olympics in menís singles badminton event while Jwala Guttaís participation in both womenís doubles and mixed doubles was confirmed after the world rankings were issued on Thursday.

Advani feat

Bangalore: Pankaj Advani on Thursday became the only active cueist in the world to play on both the professional Billiards and Snooker tour after the seven-time world champion announced his entry into the Professional Snooker League.

ICC interview

New Delhi: The ICCís nomination committee, headed by president Sharad Pawar, will hold interviews of four short-listed candidates in Mumbai on May 6 to choose the successor to the outgoing chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat.

India lose

London: The Indian menís hockey team suffered second straight defeat in the tournament, losing 2-4 to hosts Great Britain in the test event for the London Olympics here on Thursday.

Staff reporter & Agencies