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Indians upset Ireland

New Delhi: India caused the first major upset in the WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship when they beat higher-ranked Ireland in a dramatic tie which went down to the wire in Nimes, France.
The historic World Squash Federation event, boasting a record entry of 26 nations, is the first ever to be staged in France, and the first to feature three all-glass show courts. India, seeded 10th, had to dig deep to put it across Ireland, the No. 7 seeds, 2-1, thus reversing the result of the same Pool G clash two years ago.

Humpy match

Khanty Mansiysk: GM Koneru Humpy will take on Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine in the second round of the Women’s World chess championship. GM D Harika will also face a tough opponent in Elena Danielian of Armenia after beating compatriot Soumya Swaminathan in the first round.

Pele fine

Sao Paulo: The legendary Pele is in good condition after undergoing surgery, a Brazilian hospital has said. The Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo did not release details, but local media said Tuesday that the football great had an operation on his hip.

Fred in

Sao Paulo: Domestic top scorer Fred has been selected for Brazil’s return match against Argentina in the Superclassic of the Americas, a two-leg series between the South American rivals.
Coach Mano Menezes on Tuesday also picked forwards Neymar and Leandro Damiao for the November 21 match, at La Bombonera Stadium, in Buenos Aires. Brazil won the first leg 2-1 in Goiania in September.

Media ire

Calcutta: International news agencies, including AFP, warned Tuesday that they may be forced to suspend coverage of the Test series between India and England to protest restrictions imposed by authorities.
The News Media Coalition, which represents a group of media organisations, “deplored” a decision by the BCCI to bar photo agencies such as Getty Images and Action Images and urged it to rethink. “In our view, the BCCI’s move will hit fans and cricket sponsors alike,” said Andrew Moger, the executive director of the London-based coalition.