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Bengal lose in the final

Raipur: A spirited Delhi denied PSPB double celebration by lifting the women’s team trophy even as the institutional team extended its domination in the men’s event by grabbing its 11th straight title, at the 74th National Table Tennis Championships.
The Delhi women’s team outplayed PSPB 3-1 to win its maiden team title at the national championship. In the men’s category, PSPB blanked Bengal 3-0 to win the Barna-Bellack Cup for the eleventh consecutive time.

Isner out

Sydney: American world No.13 John Isner has withdrawn from next week’s Australian Open with a knee injury, tournament organisers said on Thursday. The big-serving Isner injured his right knee during the Hopman Cup in Perth last week.

Haile presence

Mumbai: Two-time Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie will be the event ambassador of the $3,50,000 prize money 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, to be held on January 20.

New coach

New Delhi: Left in a limbo after the sports ministry’s decision to de-recognise the Archery Association of India last month, the country’s top archers has got a shot in the arm as the government has decided to appoint Korean coach Lim Chae Woong for the recurve team.

Ramos ban

Madrid: Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been suspended for five games after he insulted the referee who sent him off during Wednesday’s victory over Celta Vigo, in the Copa del Rey.

Bengal squad

Calcutta: The IFA, on Thursday, announced a 46-member preliminary Bengal squad for the Santosh Trophy. The players will start practice from Monday. Satyajit Chatterjee has also been appointed as an assistant to coach Manoranjan Bhattacharya. Bengal will start their Santosh Trophy campaign in mid-February in Group A of qualifying round 1 in Kochi. Other teams in the group are Delhi and Railways.

Name game

New Delhi: The international stadium in Pune will no longer be known as ‘Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium’ after business conglomerate Sahara Group decided to withdraw the name in the wake of its dispute with the Maharashtra Cricket Association.

SA crisis

Port Elizabeth: The South African Cricketers’ Association has raised the possibility of taking the world’s top-ranked Test team out on a “lawful strike” next month in protest over the makeup of the country’s new governing board. SACA said on Thursday, that players are opposed to Cricket South Africa’s plans to expand to a 16-member board in 18 months.

Wagner in

Calcutta: New Zealand Cricket Thursday announced that Neil Wagner will replace Adam Milne in the ODI squad for the upcoming series in South Africa.

Staff reporter & Agencies