Sasi tops with record score
New Delhi: Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran added another feather to his cap by winning the Politiken Cup Open tournament in Copenhagen. According to information received here, Sasikiran earned nine points out of a possible 11 — the best ever in the 25-year history of this event.
The other Indian GM in the fray, Koneru Humpy, lost her last-round duel against Carlsen Magnus of Norway. Humpy tallied seven points which was enough to fetch her the best woman player’s prize.
Sasikiran is expected to gain 10 rating points which will take him to the 2670-bracket when the next Fide list is issued. The win also made Sasikiran richer by 15000 Danish kroner (about Rs 1 lakh).
Magazine settles with Anna
Los Angeles: Russian tennis queen Anna Kournikova has reached a settlement with Penthouse after the American magazine admitted it falsely claimed it was publishing naked pictures of her, it was reported on Friday.
Penthouse had already apologised for the photos which ran in its June 2002 issue, prompting Kournikova to launch the suit in a California court. Kournikova’s suit claimed the photos, of a topless bather misidentified as her, defamed her name and was an invasion of her privacy.
Bryant pulls out of qualifiers
Washington: Embattled Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, who is charged with sexual assault, has pulled out of playing for the United States in next month’s 2004 Olympic qualifying tournament, a spokesman for USA Basketball said. “He told us he can’t play because of his injuries,” said Craig Miller of USA Basketball on Friday.
Bryant recently had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on June 12 and on his knee on July 1. It was while he was in Vail, Colorado for the knee operation that he was arrested. Miller said Bryant is welcome to rejoin the team as long as he is healthy.
All Blacks thrash Wallabies 50-21
Sydney: Winger Joe Rokocoko scored a hattrick of tries as New Zealand posted their highest score over Australia in a 50-21 victory to move a step closer to regaining the Bledisloe Cup on Saturday.
The All Blacks scored seven tries to three as Australia’s pre-World Cup problems continued to mount in their third straight international defeat.
The All Blacks will clinch the Bledisloe Cup if they can defeat the Wallabies in the return Tri-Nations match in Auckland on August 16
Passarella loses appeal
Montevideo: Former Argentina captain and coach Daniel Passarella has lost his appeal against an order to pay the Uruguayan Football Association $800,000 in compensation for breaking his contract in 2001.
Passarella, who steered Argentina to the 1998 World Cup quarter finals, walked out on his next job with Uruguay in the middle of the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup in a conflict over player availability.
Arsenal sign Jens
London: Arsenal completed the signing of German ’keeper Jens Lehmann from Borussia Dortmund on Friday to fill the breach left by David Seaman. The 33-year-old passed a medical in London to complete his move, an Arsenal spokeswoman said.
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