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Anand held by Sergey

Wijk aan Zee: Viswan-athan Anand could not breach the solid defences of Sergey Karjakin of Russia and played out a draw on Thursday while world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen continued with his winning streak to extend the lead to eight points in the 75th Tata Steel chess tournament.
Levon Aronian of Armenia and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States joined Anand in the second spot.

Lewis view

Brackley: Lewis Hamilton rejected talk of Mercedes being a team in turmoil on Thursday. “I’ve been assured by Ross his commitment is for the long term. There is a great spirit here,” he said.

Sushil to skip

New Delhi: Sushil Kumar will have to wait for some more time to get back to action as the unhealed neck injury has forced him to opt out of the upcoming Dave Schultz tournament, where he was expected to defend his title.

Wada dispute

Montreal: The Wada disputed a claim by former cycling federation leader Hein Verbruggen that discussing suspicious doping samples with athletes was once normal practice in sports.

Iker doubtful

London: Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas broke his hand in a Copa del Rey quarter final match at Valencia on Wednesday. The injury has rendered him doubtful for the Champions League clash against Manchester United on February 13.

Ghana win

Nelspruit: Mubarak Wakaso scored a first-half penalty as Ghana took a big stride towards the quarter finals of the African Nations Cup when they beat Mali 1-0 in a Group B match on Thursday.

Tennis meet

Calcutta: Top seed Skander Mansouri beat Croatian Nino Serdarusic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the boys’ singles semi-finals of the Gujarat NRE ITF Junior Tennis at the DKS on Thursday.

Second seed Rishabh Agarwal whipped seventh seed Shao Chi Yang of Taipei 6-4, 6-2.

Staff Reporter & Agencies