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Sania on a high

New Delhi: Sania Mirza on Monday became world No. 6 in doubles, her career-best ranking, as the new chart was released following the conclusion of the French Open. “When I started the season this year in January, one of my goals was to better my career-best world ranking. I am happy to have achieved this,” Sania said.

Status quo

Singapore: Anirban Lahiri continued to occupy the top spot, while Rahil Gangjee took the fourth spot in the latest Asian Tour Order of Merit released on Monday. The other Indians in the top-10 are SSP Chowrasia and Rashid Khan.

India lose

The Hague: India suffered a humiliating 0-4 loss against Australia in their final group league encounter of the Hockey World Cup. India finished their five pool matches with four points.

Cristiano return

Florham Park: Cristiano Ronaldo is in line for a morale-boosting return to the Portual side for Tuesday’s friendly in the US against Ireland.

Karim coach

Calcutta: Pune FC have appointed Karim Bencharifa as their coach for a two-year term ahead of the 2014-15 season, a media release stated. Bencharifa becomes Pune FC’s fourth foreign coach since its inception in 2007.

Replacements

Sao Paulo: Colombia and Ecuador have both made last-minute replacements to their World Cup squads because of injuries players suffered in warm-up matches. Segundo Castillo has failed to recover from a knee injury. Colombia midfielder Aldo Leao Ramirez took a knock during practice last week. He is being replaced by winger Carlos Carbonero.

Bold move

New Delhi: Oinam Bembem Devi and Lako Phuti Bhutia signed up with New Radiant SC ahead of Maldives’ women’s championships. New Radiant on Monday announced the signings of the two players.