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Kramnik held by Anand

Zurich: World champion Viswanathan Anand played out his second draw in the Zurich Chess Challenge, holding world No. 2 Vladimir Kramnik of Russia to a draw in the second round, here, on Monday.
After playing out a draw with Fabiano Caruana of Italy in the opener as black, Anand played with black again and faced even less difficulties against Kramnik.

Fencing meet

New Delhi: The Indian fencers will take part in next month’s Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Thailand under Fencing Confederation of Asia banner. The fencers have been disallowed to take part under India’s flag, following the country’s ban by IOC. International Fencing Federation had suspended Fencing Association of India soon after the IOC decision.

Amateur golf

New Delhi: Six Pakistanis will be part of 14 foreign amateur golfers, battling it out for the Delhi NCR Cup. The competition starts on Tuesday at the Delhi Golf Club, here.

Fifa technology

Zurich: A third goalline technology system has been approved and granted a licence, making it eligible to be considered for use at the 2014 World Cup, Fifa said in a statement on Monday.

Football move

Singapore: Fed up of playing in front of sparse crowds in Singapore’s poorly-attended S. League, players from Balestier Khalsa are going door-to-door to try to drum up their fan base.
“The more often the players go knocking on doors, the higher the chances of them becoming familiar with residents,” Balestier chairman S. Thavaneson said. “Who knows, they may become curious and decide to watch a game or two.”

Diego visit

Naples: Diego Maradona has returned to Italy in a bid to clear his name from tax evasion allegations. Maradona’s Italian debts of more than $50 million stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91.

Stadium brawl

New Delhi: The security in-charge of the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium has been arrested for abusing Hockey India officials and for obstructing their work in an inebriated state after the conclusion of the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 on Sunday.

Farah wins

New Orleans: Britain's double Olympic champion Mo Farah won the New Orleans half marathon in a course record of one hour 59 seconds after holding off Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam in a sprint finish on Sunday.

Razzaq view

Karachi: Abdul Razzaq has blamed Pakistan’s Test debacle in South Africa on the “overconfidence” of the players, saying that the team’s batsmen were just not prepared for the bowling attack of the Proteas.

“I think overconfidence was the primary reason for the defeats,” Razzaq said.

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