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Venkatesh is a GM; Gupta wins

Philadelphia: National champion Abhijeet Gupta beat International Master Dean Ippolito of United States to win the Philadelphia International chess tournament, while MR Venkatesh became India’s 28th Grandmaster at the event here.

Gupta conceded just th-ree draws besides winning six games to lodge 7.5 poi-nts out of a possible nine.

Di Resta rift

London: Force India’s driver Paul di Resta has split with his manager Anthony Hamilton. It is belie-ved that the break-up was not planned and the situation between the pair remains delicate, wh-ich may lead to some awkward questions for Di Res-ta ahead of his home Gra-nd Prix at Silverstone this weekend.

Indians lose

Bangkok: Already assured of a knockout berth, India's Aditya Mehta end-ed his league engagements on a losing note while Pankaj Advani also suffer-ed a 3-5 loss to England’s Shaun Murphy in the 6-Red World Snooker Championship here. Mehta went down fighting to England’s Peter Ebdon 4-5 in Group C.

Sujjan shines

Pasuruan: Sujjan Singh fired a blistering eight-un-der-par 64 to set a new cou-rse record and create a two-stroke lead over local favourite Rory Hie after the first round of the Ta-man Dayu Championship, here on Wednesday.

Imtiaz leads

Calcutta: Mohammed Imtiaz shot 10-over to take the lead in the Jamshedpur Juniors Cup — an event on the Tata Steel IGU East Zone Junior Tour — at the Beldih Golf Club on Wednesday.

India move up

Calcutta: India moved up a spot to 163 in the latest Fifa rankings on Wednesday. Spain remained at the top, while Brazil dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since the rankings began in 1993, slumping to 11th.

Luke deal

Sydney: Tainted Austr-alian cricketer Luke Pome-rsbach was signed by Que-ensland on a one-season deal on Wednesday. Pomer-sbach made headlines when he was arrested in New Delhi earlier this year while playing in the IPL.

Mark retires

London: Mark Rampra-kash is to call time on his glittering career by annou-ncing his retirement from first-class cricket on Thur-sday.

T20 trophy

Calcutta: ICC president Alan Isaac, along with the captains of both Ireland and Afghanistan, unveiled the World Twenty20 trophy in Dublin as part of its global tour ahead of the event proper beginning on September 18, in Sri Lanka.

Abandoned

Birmingham: The third ODI between England and Australia at Edgbaston was abandoned due to rain on Wednesday without a ball being bowled.

Staff Reporter & Agencies