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Brazil at 3rd spot

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London: Brazil will start the World Cup placed third in the Fifa rankings, having leapfrogged Portugal, it was announced on Thursday. Argentina (5th) and Switzerland (6th) have each climbed two places. Spain and Germany continue to remain the top two nations in the rankings.

CR7 injury

Boston: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Friday’s friendly against Mexico as he continues to battle tendinosis around his left knee and a thigh injury, the Portuguese federation (FPF) said Thursday.

Lahiri struggles

Samui: Anirban Lahiri, who needs a win in order to have a chance to make the US Open next year, struggled to a three-over 75, even as Shankar Das (70), in tied 13th place, turned out to the best Indian at the Queen’s Cup, on Thursday.

Chess meet

Calcutta: Top seed Chandreyee Hazra (Hoogly), is set to win the title with a round to spare in the DPS Ruby Park 37th State Sub junior (Boys & Girls U-15) meet.

Good show

Calcutta: Bengal won 10 of the 14 races on Day 2 of the 17th Sub-Junior & 18th Challenger Sprints National Rowing Championships, on Thursday. The day’s best timing was recorded by Corps of Engineers’ Rowing Association, Pune at 1 minute 43.41 seconds, in Coxed Men’s Fours. A total of 63 races at the repechage round took place.