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Jeev is tied 4th

Durban: Jeev Milkha Singh hit a four-footer to maintain his tied fourth place at the midway stage of the Volvo Golf Champions here on Friday. After nine straight pars on the front nine, Jeev had three birdies and one bogey on the back nine to finish at two-under 70 and move to overall five-under 139.

Bengal lose

Jaipur: Kerala outclassed Bengal 3-0 in a Group A match of the women’s category in the National Senior Volleyball Championship here on Friday.

Joint leaders

New Delhi: Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus beat overnight leader Vaibhav Suri to move into joint lead after the end of the eighth round of the Parsvnath International Chess Festival here on Friday. Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan defeated MR Lalith Babu in another match to join Aleksandrov on 6.5 points.

Campaign

Calcutta: Former Mohun Bagan players, including Subrata Bhattacharya, Manas Bhattacharya, Bidesh Bose, Prasanta Banerjee and N. Ulganathan, and club members organised a signature campaign at the Bagan lane on Friday. They will send an appeal to the AIFF, urging them to reconsider their ban.

Villa brace

Madrid: Barcelona’s David Villa scored twice as the holders cruised into the Copa del Rey quarter finals by beating second division Cordoba 5-0 at Nou Camp on Thursday. Alexis Sanchez also struck twice while Thiago Alcantara scored the other goal.

Roy loses

Raipur: PSPB’s Soumyadeep Roy lost to unseeded Aman Balgu 10-12, 11-9, 10-12, 7-11, 11-4, 10-12 in the men’s singles of the National Table Tennis Championships here on Friday. In another match, Soumyajit Ghosh beat L. Satheeswaran 4-1.

Taufel lecture

London: Australian Simon Taufel will become the first umpire to give the prestigious MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture this year, the ECB announced here on Friday.

Ticket story

Ranchi: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sister-in-law bought tickets for the third ODI between India and England, to be played here on January 19, after standing in the queue for three hours. Mamata, wife of Dhoni’s elder brother Narendra, was spotted on Thursday in the queue, with her daughter. She said she had tried over phone to contact Jharkhand State Cricket Association officials, but could not reach them.

PCB gifts

Calcutta: Overwhelmed by the hospitality of state chief minister Mamata Banerjee during the January 3 ODI, the PCB sent a silver salver and a Quran as gifts to Mamata on Friday. The PCB sent the gifts to the CAB, who handed it over to the CM during a function at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

Staff reporter & agencies