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Brazil coach fired

Sao Paulo: Brazil fired Mano Menezes on Friday, little more than 18 months before the country host the 2014 World Cup and just as the coach seemed close to finding his ideal team after two years of experimenting.

A new coach will be chosen in early January, Sanchez added, with Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to their fifth world title in 2002, among the favourites to take over.

Villa ruled out

Barcelona: Barcelona will be without David Villa for Sunday’s Spanish league game at Levante after the striker tweaked his left ankle. Barcelona’s attack was already missing forward Alexis Sanchez, who will be out for two more weeks with a foot injury. However, Thiago Alcantara and Adriano will make a return.

IOA elections

New Delhi: With the threat of suspension hanging over its head, the IOA, on Saturday, started the process of scrutinising the nomination papers for the elections to be held on December 5.

The elections will be conducted as per regulations in the government sports code despite the IOC demanding the polls should be held in accordance of the Olympic Charter.

Sources said objections were raised by the Abhay Chautala group on the candidatures of Randhir Singh and K Murugan as per the age and tenure restrictions in the sports code. Both the candidates, sources claimed, have been called by the election panel on Sunday before taking a decision.

Good show

Chennai: WGM Sowmya Swaminathan snatched half a point against top seed GM Sergei Tiviakov of The Netherlands in an exciting third round game in the Commonwealth Chess Championships, here, on Saturday.

Leading the table with 3.0 points from as many rounds are Grandmasters Ahmed Adly (Egypt), Oleksienko Mikhailo (Ukraine), Marat Dzhumaev (Uzbekistan), B Adhiban, S P Sethuraman, M R Lalith Babu, Arun Prasad and Deepan Chakkravarthy (all India) among others. Tiviakov stays half a point behind.

Harika out

Khanty Mansiysk: Grandmaster D Harika bowed out of the World Championship after playing a draw in a must-win second game against Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova. Harika lost 0.5-1.5.

India win

Perth: India defeated Pakistan 5-2 in an inconsequential round robin match to register their first win in the Lanco International Super Series hockey tournament here on Saturday. V.R. Raghunath (7th), S.V. Sunil (9th, 33rd), Akashdeep Singh (15th) and Manpreet Singh (29th) were scorers for India.

Dilshan returns

Colombo: Sri Lanka will welcome back opener Tillekaratne Dilshan for the second and final Test against New Zealand in Colombo starting on Sunday after he recovered from a back injury. Dilshan, whose last innings was an unbeaten 102 in the third match of the five-game ODI series, missed Sri Lanka’s 10-wicket win inside three days in the first Test in Galle.

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