India beat Pak in inaugural tie
Colombo: India scored eight tries to brush aside Pakistan 52-15 in the first international rugby match between the two countries in Sri Lanka on Friday. India also scored three conversions and two penalties during the game at Colombo’s Ceylonese rugby and football club ground, while Pakistan managed two tries, a conversion and a penalty. India led 27-10 at halftime as captain Chaitanya Singh scored two tries, with Emil Varthazerian scoring two tries and then completing the conversions. The match was part of a regional tournament, which also includes three Sri Lankan domestic teams. “I think the spirit in which the game was played was excellent...,” said Singh, the Indian captain.
Indian challenge ends
New Delhi: India’s challenge at the Hong Kong Open badminton tournament came to an end when national champion Abhinn Shyam Gupta and Chetan Anand lost to their higher ranked opponents on Thursday. Gupta was defeated by seventh seed Anders Boesen of Denmark 7-15, 4-15 while Anand went down to 15th seed Chunlai Bao of China 9-15, 15-13 in the second round, according to information received here. In women’s section, national champion Aparna Popat lost to Yao Jie of The Netherlands 2-11, 10-13 in the first round.
Bahutule to lead Mumbai
Mumbai: Leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule will lead a 15-member Mumbai team in the Ranji Trophy opener against Baroda to be played here from November 7-10.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary and former Test opening batsman Lalchand Rajput said here on Friday that wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant will be Bahutule’s deputy for the four-day tie.
THE TEAM — Sairaj Bahutule (capt), Vinayak Samant, Wasim Jaffer, Vinayak Mane, Nishit Shetty, Amol Muzumdar, Vinod Kambli, Ramesh Powar, Nilesh Kulkarni, Avishkar Salvi, Swapnil Hazare, Bhavin Thakkar, Vinit Indulkar, Robin Morris and Rajesh Verma. Stand-bys: Usman Maulvi, Onkar Khanvilkar, Pushkaraj Jadhav and Manish Bangera. Coach: Chandrakant Pandit.
Becks, Helguera declared fit
Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham and versatile centre-back Ivan Helguera have been declared fit to play in their side’s Primera Liga match against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Both players trained normally on Friday and were included in the 18-man squad to face the Basque side at the Bernabeu. England captain Beckham appeared to have shaken off the hamstring injury that forced him to miss Real’s last two league games. Helguera said that he was still suffering from pain as a result of a problem with his sciatic nerve but it would not stop him playing on Saturday.
Value added Games
Athens: Athens Olympics organisers said on Friday they not only hoped to hold the shotput event in the birthplace of the Olympics but also in the same stadium where athletes first competed in 776 BC.
“We are looking into the added value of these Games,” Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, the government’s top Olympics official said.“
Sydney: Rugby World Cup official Steve Walsh has been suspended for three days after an incident involving England fitness coach Dave Reddin during the heated final minutes of the England-Samoa match, tournament officials said on Friday.
“Mr Walsh has subsequently been suspended for inappropriate behaviour during an exchange with a member of the England management team,” organisers said in a statement.
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