Calcutta: Vidit Gujarathi drew with Deep Sengupta to maintain his sole lead with 5.5 points after the seventh round of the Open International Chess tournament at the Gorky Sadan, on Sunday. In other matches, Surya Sekhar Ganguly drew with M Shyam Sundar while top seed Radoslaw Wojtaszek was held again against SP Sethuraman.
Madrid: Mesut Ozil netted a superb double to fire Real Madrid to a 3-2 comeback win at Real Valladolid on Saturday and lift Jose Mourinho’s side within two points of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Hyderabad: India made a good start to their World Junior Table Tennis Championships campaign, winning their group matches in both the boys and girls categories at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
Marrakech: Nalini Singh Siwach turned in a disappointing five-over 77 to be tied 57th after the third round of the Lalla Aicha Tour School for the Ladies European Tour here.
Calcutta: Nilanghshu Haldar defeated Mehfooz Alam 70-50, 48-52, 55-39, 74-41 in a senior snooker match of the BRC State Billiards and Snooker Championship on Sunday. In other matches, Aameer Husain thrashed 86-16, 68-28, 73-05 while Shoaib Khan beat Bharat Bachwat 63-53, 59-3, 73-25. Shyam Jagtiani beat Abdul Miraz 58-21, 68-54, 84-18.
Karachi: Umar Gul has said that seniors will have to shoulder the bulk of responsibility for Pakistan in the upcoming series against India. “I am working hard and I want to create an impact against India… I know there will be lot of pressure playing in India and I am prepared for that because the seniors have to take a lead role when playing in India,” Gul said.
Wellington: Ross Taylor has slammed New Zealand’s team management, dismissing head coach Mike Hesson’s advice as “laughable” and claiming he was not given enough support in his 18-month stint as skipper. “I knew it’d be tough from the outset (with Hesson),” Taylor said. “I gave him as much support as I could but it wasn't reciprocated.
Karachi: Danish Kaneria and his lawyer are hoping that an appeal hearing by the ECB, which starts from Monday, will remove or at least reduce the life ban imposed on the cricketer for involvement in spot-fixing in county cricket.
Their hopes have been raised after former Essex player Mervyn Westfield, whose testimony at the earlier disciplinary hearing played a big role in Kaneria being found guilty, announced he will not appear for the appeal hearing.