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New York: US captain Tom Watson, helped by a late “revelation”, opted for experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wild card picks for this month’s Ryder Cup against Europe. The trio joins automatic choices Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Jimmy Walker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson on the 12-man American team.

New Delhi: Midfielder Ritu Rani will lead a 16-member Indian women’s hockey team in the upcoming Asian Games.

The team is scheduled to depart for Incheon, South Korea, on September 13.

The squad

Savita; Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo, Jaspreet Kaur, Sushila Chanu, Monika ; Ritu Rani, Lilima Minz, Amandeep Kaur, Chanchan Devi Thokchom; Rani, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navjot Kaur.

Hyderabad: Seemingly undeterred by Saina Nehwal’s decision to part ways, chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand says he is focussed on training India’s medal contenders for the Asian Games. “As far as I am concerned, the Asian Games is just two weeks away. We need to prepare everybody to do their best at the event,” he said.

Stockholm: Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may miss the international friendly against Baltic neighbours Estonia in Stockholm on Thursday due to a sore throat, coach Erik Hamren said.

In another friendly on Thursday, Italy will play the Netherlands, in Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy.

Moscow: Alexander Kerzhakov became Russia’s record goalscorer with a double against Azerbaijan in a 4-0 friendly win in Moscow, on Wednesday.

He nows has 27 goals for the country. Sergey Ignashevich and Vladimir Granat were also on target in Russia’s first game since their disappointing showing at the Brazil World Cup.

Berne: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has reiterated that Russia’s hosting of the 2018 World Cup is not up for discussion. “We are not placing any questions over the World Cup in Russia,” he said on Wednesday.

Calcutta: Kalighat MS thrashed Police Athletic AC 6-1 in a CFL Premier Division Championship Round match, at Khardah, on Wednesday.

Calcutta: North East United Football Club have announced the signings of Portuguese defender Miguel Garcia, Zambian midfielder Kondwani Mtonga and Greek goalkeeper Alexandros Tzvoras for the upcoming Indian Super League.