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Lochte’s world record

n Istanbul: Ryan Lochte broke the 100-metre individual medley world record on Saturday in the semi-finals of the short-course world championships, finishing in 50.71 seconds. He broke the mark set by Slovenia’s Peter Mankoc in December 2009. China’s Shiwen Ye won the women’s 200 IM with a meet-record of 2:04.64, beating out Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and bronze-medalist Hannah Miley of Britain.

Archery team

Calcutta: M.R. Tirkey, Adonda Raju, Somnath Mondal and Subhrajit Samanta were selected in Bengal’s recurve men’s team for the Senior National Championships at Chennai. The women’s recurve team comprises Tapashi Mondal, Reshma Banerjee, Antara Basak, Dipali Oraw. Rabindra Hembram will be the lone competitor in the compound men’s section while Reek Roy will participate in the compound women’s team. The championships will be held from December 26 to 31.

Table tennis

Hyderabad: China completed a clean sweep of titles at the World Junior Table Tennis Championships after winning the girls and boys trophies, here on Sunday. Earlier in the week they had won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles.

No discussion

New Delhi: The final word on India's chances of hosting the under-17 football World Cup will not be out before March next year as Fifa did not discuss on the country’s bid in its last executive committee meeting, held in Tokyo.

IOC decision

New Delhi: IOC has asked international sports federations to carefully examine the “complicated” situation in India in the wake of IOA’s suspension and take appropriate action to “protect the autonomy of the national federations” in the country.

Sharmila show

Marrakech: Sharmila Nicollet stayed on course to getting a Ladies European Tour card after moving to tied eighth by turning in a three-under 69 in the third round of Lalla Aicha Tour School here. Sharmila, who had six birdies and three bogeys, is now nine-under for the tournament, and five shots behind leader Ariya Jutanugarn.

Germany win

Bangkok: Germany, represented by Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher, won the Race of Champions team crown for the sixth successive year in Bangkok on Saturday. The duo comfortably beat the French pairing of Romain Grosjean and Sebastien Ogier by two heats to nil in the final.

MacGill wish

Sydney: Stuart MacGill wants Shane Warne to make a return to the Test team. He told an Australian newspaper that Warne needs to prove his stamina in the five-day format of the game. “Should he be picked? If any selector said he shouldn’t be picked, that it’s not in the best interests of Australian cricket… I’d pick him.”