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Humpy, Harika advance

Khanty Mansiysk: Koneru Humpy defeated Denise Frick of South Africa, while D. Harika outplayed compatriot Soumya Swaminathan to move to the second round of the World Women’s chess championship.

Humpy faced the Slav Defense and stuck to basics in the opening to get tangible advantage. As she posted her Knight in the centre, Denise blundered a couple of pawns and was never in the game.

Mandeep brace

Malaysia: Mandeep Singh found the net twice as India beat Germany 3-1 for their second consecutive win in the Sultan of Johar Cup hockey tournament, on Monday. Talwinder Singh scored the other goal.

Andriy coach?

Kiev: Ukraine’s football federation chief has offered the national team coaching job to Andriy Shevchenko, who retired earlier this year. In his 18-year career, he played for Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan and Chelsea. He also captained Ukraine to the World Cup quarter finals in 2006.

Soccer meet

Calcutta: Concentrix thrashed BOC 4-0 while Wipro defeated Eveready 2-0 in the Rangers Mercantile 5-a-side soccer tournament matches on Monday.
In other matches, TCS A beat ITC 1-0 while Andrew Yule drew 1-1 with Swissotel.

Good show

Calcutta: Bengal reached the final of the under-19 girls’ team category in the Junior National Badminton Championship on Monday. They defeated Maharashtra both in the doubles and the singles category.
While Rituparna beat Rashika 22-20, 21-18, Rituparna & Anuriya got the better of Rashika and Karishma 21-17, 21-13.

Table tennis

Calcutta: Survi Patwari defeated Soumen Saha 9-11, 3-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 to emerge as the champion of the men's singles category of the State & Inter-District table tennis championships, organised by Bengal Table Tennis Association, on Monday.