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India retain fourth spot

Calcutta: Despite losing the third Test against England in the five-match series, India have retained their fourth position in the latest ICC Test rankings. Pakistan are currently ranked third with 103 ratings points, just one point more than India. South Africa are the No.1 Test side with Australia as No.2.

Sair appointed

Karachi: Nawaz Sharif has appointed a retired judge Sair Ali as caretaker chairman of the PCB, while inducting former chief Shaharyar Khan on the board of governors on Monday. Shaharyar’s induction into the Board of Governors makes him a strong candidate for PCB chairman’s post during the election scheduled to be held within four weeks.

Svetlana wins

Washington DC: Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia beat Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to lift the Citi Open. Kuznetsova broke Nara’s serve five times, but was broken herself on three occasions in a match that stretched over two hours. In the men’s final, Milos Raonic won the first all-Canadian final of the professional era when he beat Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4.

Kabaddi league

Calcutta: U Mumba turned on the style as they thrashed Puneri Paltan 44-28 in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, in New Delhi. In the other match of the day, Dabang Delhi lost 31-36 against Patna Pirates.

Santos banned

Zurich: Former Greece coach Fernando Santos has been banned for eight competitive international matches after he was sent off at the end of the World Cup match against Costa Rica. Fifa said in a statement that Santos, who was sent off at the end of extra time in the round-of-16 tie on June 29, had been guilty of “several acts of unsporting conduct towards the match officials.”

Morrison bail

Manchester: West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been released on bail pending a hearing into charges he assaulted two women.