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Vijay is on the mark

Doha: Vijay Kumar notched up India’s fifth gold medal at the Asian Shooting Championship by finishing on top in Standard Pistol. Kumar, who has already won a quota place for India in the Rapid Fire category, shot a score of 572/600 to tie for the lead with Yongde Jin of China.

Atwal’s 2-under

La Quinta: Arjun Atwal shot a creditable two-under 70 in the opening round but still found himself way down the leaderboard at tied 80th in the Humana Challenge.

SSP steady

George: SSP Chowrasia turned in a good performance of two-under 71 on the par-73 Links at Fancourt but only improved by one spot to tied 27th after the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions.

Rahil’s ascent

Hua Hin: Rahil Gangjee made a big upward jump with a two-under 70 at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage that gave him a good shot at the top-40 spots and will earn him a card for the 2012 Asian Tour season.

Hari held

Wijk Aan Zee: Grandmaster P Harikrishna was held to a draw by Dutchman Erwin L’Ami in the fifth round of the Group B match of Tata Steel Chess tournament. In Group C, Sahaj Grover came back in the reckoning with an easy victory against Etienne Gourdiaan of Holland.

Gayle role

Calcutta: Chris Gayle, signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next two IPL seasons, will be the brand ambassador for a liquor brand of Vijay Mallya’s UB Group. “He was bought for $2 million and will be paid an additional amount of $5,00,000 for this,” sources said.

Shah quizzed

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate on Friday questioned former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah in connection with its probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the conduct of the various editions of the IPL.

Country first

Karachi: Shahid Afridi has shunned the dollars for national duty by opting out of the Bangladesh Premier League where he was the costliest player after fetching a price tag of $700,000 in the auction.

Singh’s four

Calcutta: Bengal's A. R. Singh took four wickets to rattle Railways on the first day of their Cooch Behar Trophy match at Kalyani on Friday. Railways made 189 for nine at stumps as Ravikant Singh also snared three wickets.

Brief Scores: Railways 189/9 in 77 overs (A. S. Yadav 65, A. R. Singh 4/54, Ravikant Singh 3/81) vs Bengal. Match to continue.

Staff Reporter & Agencies