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Bebe on target in 1-1 draw

Cape Town: Portuguese winger Bebe scored in injury time to give Manchester United a 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town in the Premier League team’s second pre-season game.

Substitute Bebe arrived at the far post to finish powerfully from a Marnick Vermijl cross at the Cape Town Stadium in a game that burst into life in the final five minutes. Alcardo Van Graan had given the home side an 85th-minute lead.

Advani out

Gloucester: Pankaj Advani crashed out of the UK Players Tour Championship after suffering a 0-4 defeat to England’s Michael, on Saturday. Earlier, Advani had displayed great form to beat Britain’s Nigel Bond 4-1 to enter the fourth round of the snooker championship. Advani will now head to Sheffield for the Bank of Communication Shanghai Masters qualifiers from July 24-27.

ITF tourney

Chennai: Indian players Lakshit Sood and Senthil Kumar were made to work hard before making the second round of the singles qualifiers in the BNC-ITF Men’s Futures tennis championship. Sood got the better of compatriot Vaidik Munshaw 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(4) while Senthil Kumar came from behind to beat Ravi Shankar 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(6).

Maria home

Banbury: The Marussia Formula One team said test driver Maria de Villota has returned home to Spain after the accident in which she lost her right eye. De Villota was in a hospital for more than two weeks and had two operations after suffering severe head and facial injuries when she crashed into a team truck during a test at an airfield in England on July 3.

Rugby meet

Calcutta: Jungle Crows thrashed CCFC 42-5 while Future Hope defeated Armenian 37-12 in the Division I matches of the Calcutta Cup, a rugby tournament, held at the CC&FC on Saturday.

Das wins

Calcutta: Rituparna Das of Bengal has triumphed in the under-17 girls’ event of the All India Junior Major Ranking badminton tournament held in Madhubani, Bihar on Saturday. She defeated Ruthvika Shivani 21-11, 21-16.

Akmal case

Lahore: The chairman of the PCB, Zaka Ashraf, has clarified that wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was included in the national team only after the ICC gave the clearance. “The PCB approached the ICC and asked if they had any objection to Kamran’s selection. The ICC said it had nothing against Kamran Akmal,” Ashraf said.

Dues cleared

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has finally cleared outstanding dues of the national team players and also assured them of no delays in future payments of match fees, bonuses or monthly retainers. The payments were cleared on the instructions of the chairman of the Board, Zaka Ashraf, who had received complaints from some senior players.