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Bengal trio have it easy

Calcutta: Diptayan Ghosh, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda won their respective matches in the sixth round of the Moscow Open Chess tournament, on Thursday.

Diptayan beat Russia's Vladislav Terentjev, while Surya Sekhar notched up his third straight win when he defeated Russian Mikhail Panarin. Sandipan registered a consecutive win as he beat Najer Evgeniy of Russia.

FIH plans

New Delhi: The FIH is planning to introduce a world championship of club hockey in India from next year. FIH president Leandro Negre said India would be given the rights to hold the tournament for the first four years. While the HIL champions will represent India, five teams from other continents would be given entry.

Tweet trouble

London: Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra has been forced to quit Twitter after posting a picture of a bag stuffed full of £20 notes.

The bag contained thousands of pounds and an accompanying message read: “Keep tweeting me about being in debt haha love it #cash #skint #lol #lendmeafiver.”

Jamie to retire

Liverpool: Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will retire at the end of the season, concluding a distinguished one-club career that marked him as one of the most competitive and tough-tackling centre-backs. The 35-year-old Carragher has been at Liverpool since the age of 9 and made 723 appearances.

Somdev out

Zagreb: Somdev Dev Varman bowed out of the Zagreb Indoor Championships here on Thursday, losing 6-1, 6-7 (5), 2-6 to Jurgen Melzer.

Poorvi best

Calcutta: Poorvi Ajmera, on Thursday, won the Taj Bengal Trophy with a nett score of 132. Sunita Goenka came second with a nett score of 135 while the second runner-up was Aruna Singh with a nett score of 140.

Mahela & golf

Aamby Valley City: Mahela Jayawardene, who is the owner of Colombo 6’s franchise in Golf Premier League, has no ambitions of turning pro in the future, but would not mind getting tips from golfers like Darren Clarke and Angel Cabrera. “Golf is just a leisure activity for me. Darren and Cabrera are really established names. (I hope to) get a few tips from them,” he said.

India stay 3rd

Calcutta: India have retained their No. 3 spot among T20 teams with 119 points, while Virat Kohli held on to his sixth position in the ICC rankings for T20 batsmen issued on Thursday. Suresh Raina remains at ninth place with 719 points.

Butt keen

Karachi: Disgraced former Pakistan captain, Salman Butt is keen on reviving his international career. “Cricket is my life. All I want is an opportunity to get back into cricket whilst I am still young and I can still play well,” he said.

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