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Looking back at the action, on and off the field

Friday 11th

CRICKET

Pujara’s triple

Hubli: Cheteshwar Pujara slammed an unbeaten triple century (306 ..) as India A dominated against the West Indies A on the penultimate day of the third and the final four-day match, in Hubli. Resuming at 334, India A, in reply to the West Indies A’s total of 268, added 230 runs before declaring the innings at 564 for a lead of 296 runs.

Brief scores: West Indies A 268 & 116/3 (N. Deonarine 44n..). India A 564/9 decl.

Unmukt century

Kochi: Unmukt Chand hit a century as North Zone posted 329 for two on Day II of their Duleep Trophy semi-final against East Zone, in Kochi. Unmukt made 116. Ian Dev Singh was unfortunate to have missed his century by five runs due to a hamstring injury.

Brief scores: North Zone 329/2 (U. Chand 116, Mandeep Singh 40n..) vs East Zone.

Central failure

Chennai: South Zone bowled out Central Zone for 209 before reaching 137 for two in reply, on the second day of the Duleep Trophy semi-final.

Brief scores: Central Zone 209. South Zone 137/2 (A. Mukund 61n.., B. Aparajith 35n..).


CYCLING

Crow immunity

New Delhi: Sheryl Crow, pop star and Lance Arm-strong’s former girlfriend, told US federal investigators about the disgraced cyclist’s blood transfusions in exch-ange for immunity from federal prosecution, acc-ording to a new book on Armstrong’s doping con-spiracy. The book by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Co-nnell, details Armstrong’s far-reaching doping conspiracy.

Crow and Armstrong briefly dated in the mid-2000s, a time when Armstrong was stacking up impressive wins while also secretly doping.

 

FORMULA ONE

Villota no more

Madrid: Former Spanish Formula One test driver Maria de Villota, one of the few women to come close to the top of the sport but whose career was cut short by an horrific accident last year, has been found dead in a hotel in Seville. De Villota, who lost her right eye and fractured her skull at a test in England in July 2012, had apparently died of a suspected heart attack.

GOLF

Viraj’s triumph

Jaipur: Calcutta boy Viraj Madappa won the IGU Rajasthan Junior Golf title at the Par-70 Rambagh Golf Club, in Jaipur. Viraj added a final round 1-under par 69 to finish the tournament at 8-under 272.

Saturday 12th

BADMINTON

Jwala’s stance

Hyderabad: Jwala Gutta said the national federation should not construe her "suggestions" as criticism since she had nothing against them and imposition of a life ban because of her blunt talking would be "silly". "What is wrong in that? Outspoken means life ban? It is really silly. I cannot mix words. I cannot lie," Gutta said.

CRICKET

India A victory

Hubli: Out-of-favour Zaheer Khan helped India A notch up an innings and 54 runs victory over West Indies A to level the three-match series on Saturday. The left-arm seamer bagged four for 59 as West Indies A conceded the match at 242 for nine in their second innings.

Wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton did not come out to bat due to injury he sustained while fielding.

Brief scores: West Indies A 268 & 242 (N. Deonarine 99; Z. Khan 4/59). India A 564/9 decl. India A won by an innings and 54 runs.

CSA policy

Calcutta: The board of directors of Cricket South Africa met on Friday, ahead of its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, and adopted a combination of incentive-driven and sanction-based policies to accelerate the development of black African players.


Dhoni’s salute

Pune: Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that he knew that Sachin Tendulkar was going to announce his retirement from Tests. “I knew it (retirement) was coming. I am quite happy for him, for the kind of illustrious career he has had, for the time he was at the top throughout his career. For 23 years or so he was always at the top,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first India-Australia ODI.

Twin centuries

Chennai: Captain Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith smashed hundreds as South Zone reached 479/9, to take a 258-run lead against Central Zone on the third day of the Duleep Trophy semi-final. Mukund (111) and Aparajith (109) shared a 190-run third wicket stand.

Brief scores: Central Zone 209. South Zone 467/9 (Abhinav Mukund 111, Baba Aparajith 109; Piyush Chawla 4/159). Match to continue

Ian Dev show

Kochi: Ian Dev Singh posted 145, while Rajat Paliwal and Nitin Saini also scored unbeaten centuries as North Zone amassed a mammoth 591/8 declared against East Zone on the third day of the Duleep Trophy semi-final.

Brief scores: North Zone 591/8 decl. (Ian Dev Singh 145; Sunny Gupta 4/182). East Zone 32/1 (PP Das 14; Harbhajan 1/2).

SOCCER

Neymar scores

Seoul: Neymar scored a stunning free-kick as he led Brazil to a 2-0 win over South Korea in a friendly. Oscar got the visitors’ second shortly after the break.

TENNIS

Nadal humbled

Shanghai: World No.1 Rafael Nadal was dumped out of the Shanghai Masters by Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine won 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals. Top seed Novak Djokovic swept aside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 in the other semi-finals.

Sunday 13th

CRICKET

Srini denial

New Delhi: BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan has rejected accusations that the Board censors commentators employed by it, insisting that it does not “interfere with the freedom of the press. We don’t censor commentators. This word censorship is incorrect. BCCI doesn’t tell the commentator ‘you say this, you cannot say this’ and things like that,” Srinivasan said.

Easy for South

Chennai: Pragyan Ojha’s deadly spell (6/48) enabled South Zone record a crushing innings and 38-run victory over Central Zone to clinch a place in the Duleep Trophy final. Central were bowled out for 220 in their second innings.

Brief scores: Central Zone 209 & 220 (Piyush Chawla 73; Pragyan Ojha 6/48, Baba Aparajith 2/35). South Zone 467/9 decl. (Abhinav Mukund 111, Baba Aparajith 109; Chawla 4/159). South Zone won by an innings & 38 runs.

GOLF

Jyoti tied second

Yeoju (Korea): Jyoti Randhawa registered his first top-10 finish in more than two years when he finished in the tied second spot, in the CJ Invitational hosted by KJ Choi. Randhawa closed with a fine 67 to tie for second.

TENNIS

Novak lifts title

Shanghai: Novak Djokovic saw off the spirited challenge of Juan Martin Del Potro in the final of the Shanghai Masters, winning 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3).

Roger’s decision

Calcutta: Roger Federer has split from his American coach Paul Annacone with the struggling Swiss saying on Saturday that it was the best time to make a change. “After a terrific 3-and-a-half years of working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives,” the 32-year-old Federer said.

Monday 14th

ATHLETICS

Wada step

Calcutta: Jamaica’s reputation as the world’s sprint factory has been further tainted by the revelation that the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is to carry out an “extraordinary audit” of drug testing on the island. Five elite stars from the nation have tested positive this year. They include Asafa Powell, the former 100 metres world record-holder, whose disciplinary hearing is due next year.

BOXING

Madan loses

Almaty: India’s campaign at the World Boxing Championships got off to a disappointing start as Madan Lal (52kg) went down in the first round itself. Madan lost 0-3 on points to Alexandros Riscan of Moldova.

CRICKET

Ponting book

Calcutta: After Michael Hussey, it’s Ricky Ponting's turn to offer a peak into the Australian dressing room in his memoir The Close Of Play. Ponting has spoken of his concerns about Michael Clarke’s attitude towards responsibility while he was the vice-captain.

“I knew he was an excellent thinker on the game, but for a long time I was concerned that he wouldn’t be able to handle the huge variety of ‘little things’ that go with being Australian captain… When Pup was down on form or if he had a problem away from cricket, he’d go into his shell,” Ponting said.

North lucky

Kochi: A spin of coin sent the Harbhajan Singh-led North Zone into the Duleep trophy final after their semi-final match against East Zone ended in a draw due to bad weather and soggy field conditions on the fifth and reserve day.

Hussey U-turn

New Delhi: Just days after claiming that Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested for his alleged role in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, was actually running the Chennai Super Kings team, Michael Hussey made a U-turn, saying that he might have written wrongly in his autobiography.

“Certainly Guru was around the team a lot… I didn’t know what his official title was, but he was around the team quite often. I probably may have written the wrong thing… I am certainly not going to question the word of Mr Srinivasan. I think he would know a lot better than me about who is running the show,” Hussey said.

SOCCER

Mizo school win

New Delhi: Mizoram’s Government Chawmfianga Middle School of Kolasib won their maiden U-14 boys’ title of the 54th Subroto Cup with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Betkuchi High School from Kamrup, Assam, at the Ambedkar Stadium.