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Indians share the lead

Fujairah: Indian Grandmasters Sandipan Chanda and Surya Shekhar Ganguly kept themselves in contention for top honours after drawing with Etienne Bacrot of France and Yuri Kryvoruchko of Ukraine respectively in the seventh round of Fujairah International chess tournament, here.
The Indian duo remained in joint lead on five points along with Ukrainian trio of Sergey Fedorchuk, Andrey Sumets and Alexander Moiseenko, Liem Le Quang of Vietnam and Bacrot.

Harika held

Khanty Mansiysk: Grandmaster D Harika started her quarter final campaign with an easy draw with fourth seed Zhao Xue of China, in the first of the two-game mini-match, in the World Women’s Chess Championship.
After drawing with black, Harika holds a little edge going in to the second game.

Talwar wins

Mumbai: Second seed Sumit Talwar of Chandigarh brushed aside the challenge from Maharashtra’s Sagar Desai to enter the round of 32 in the men’s 8-ball event of the NSCI-National Pool Championship on Tuesday.
Talwar, who last year finished runner-up to Alok Kumar, registered a comfortable 6-2 victory.

Hockey series

New Delhi: The 18-member Indian women’s team will tour New Zealand from December 6 to 16 to play six Tests as part of their preparations for FIH World League Round II tournament.
FIH World League Round II tournament will be held in Delhi from February 18 to 24.

Ajmal wish

Karachi: Top Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal can’t wait to roll his arm over in the much-anticipated tour of India next month as the late-bloomer has played just once before on the Indian soil.
“I started my international career late and I have got a chance to play just one match against India in their own backyard… That is why I am eagerly looking forward to this tour, as it will be a challenge bowling to the Indian batsmen in India,” he said.

Azhar case

Mumbai: The BCCI’s Working Committee will meet here on Wednesday to discuss the case of Mohammed Azharuddin, after the ban imposed on the former captain was lifted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court earlier this month.

Kaneria point

Karachi: Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who is facing a permanent life ban from cricket and is presently suspended by the PCB, has sought time with the chairman of the Board to make his position clear in the spot-fixing allegations against him.