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Gooch to focus on Tests

London: Graham Gooch is to stand down from his role as Englandís limited-overs batting coach and concentrate solely on Test cricket. Gooch is in India with the one-day squad, but his position for the three T20 and three ODIs in New Zealand next month will be taken by Graham Thorpe.

Wright coach

Calcutta: John Wright was, on Sunday, appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians. Robin Singh, who was the coach of the side last season, will continue to be associated with the team.

Bagan in semis

Calcutta: Mohun Bagan defeated Paikpara Sporting Club in the quarter final of the CAB Senior Knockout Tournament on Sunday. Brief scores: Paikpara SC 175/8 in 45 overs (R. Dagar 75; S. Sanyal 4/26). Mohun Bagan 176/4 in 27.5 overs (D. Das 58, S. Das 34) Mohun Bagan won by six wickets.

Carlsen leads

Wijk Aan Zee: Viswanathan Anand beat Erwin LíAmi of Holland to be joint second at the 75th Tata Steel chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen of Norway ensured he would remain untouchable after defeating Hikaru Nakamura of the US.

Archery

Calcutta: Somnath and Taposhi Mondal clinched gold in menís and womenís recurve archery at the ongoing State Games, on Sunday. In the Indian round individual event, Tania Mondal finished with gold, while in the menís section, Sourav Sur was the one to come out on top.

Drogba move

Ankara: Ivory Coast captain and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has left Shanghai Shenhua to sign a 1-1/2 year contract with Galatasaray.

Clause removed

New Delhi: Faced with the threat of de-recognition from the sports ministry, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), on Sunday, removed a contentious clause from its constitution and called for re-election to three top posts on February 24. (staff reporter & Agencies)