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Sarita Devi shocksworld No. 2

New Delhi: India’s L Sarita Devi (60kg) stunned defending champion and world number 2 Gulsum Tatar of Turkey to enter the pre-quarter finals of the seventh World Women’s Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China and inch closer to qualifying for the London Olympics.

Asian champion Sarita defeated Tatar 14-13 in a see-saw contest to continue her bid for one of the two Olympic slots, which are available for India in this division.

Renjith’s gold

Chonburi (Thailand): National record holder Renjith Maheswary won the men’s triple jump as India bagged 12 medals, including four gold, in the third and final leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics here on Monday.

Another Indian, Arpinder Singh won the bronze with an effort of 15.85. In total, India won four gold, five silver and three bronze.

Sania up

New Delhi: Sania Mirza may have been out of action in singles but she still managed to gain four places to be at 187th spot in the latest WTA rankings issued on Monday.

Sania, however, has lost three places in the doubles rankings to be at the 12th position.

Meanwhile, Somdev Dev Varman is currently placed at 230th spot in the latest ATP singles rankings list.

In the doubles rankings, both Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna continued to be at number seven and 12th positions, respectively. Mahesh Bhupathi has gained a spot to be at number 14 in the doubles ranking.

Real record

Madrid: Champions Real Madrid beat Mallorca 4-1 to break the 100-point barrier on the final day of La Liga season as Villarreal sensationally slipped through the relegation trapdoor.

Mesut Oezil scored twice while Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema also hit the target as Jose Mourinho's Real smashed Barcelona's previous record of 99 points from the 2009-10 season.

Mithali to lead

New Delhi: The senior women’s selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India Monday reinstated Mithali Raj as the captain of the Indian women’s team for the England tour, replacing veteran batsmen Anjum Chopra.

The squad

Mithali Raj (captain), Harman Preet Kaur (vicecaptain), Sulakshana Naik, Suneeta Anand, Jhulan Goswami, Ameeta Sharma, Poonam Raut, Reema Malhotra, S Subalaxmi, Veda Krishnamurthy, Gauhar Sultana, Ekta Bisht, Archana Das, N Niranjana, Mona Meshram.

Sawani at helm

New Delhi: Ravi Sawani, the former head of the International Cricket Council’s AntiCorruption and Security Unit (ACSU), has been roped in by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to lead its new domestic anti-corruption unit.

The Board, during its working meeting in Chennai on Saturday, decided to set up an anticorruption unit on the lines of the ACSU.