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Advani loses to Trump

New Delhi: Pankaj Advani on Friday lost to world No. 2 Judd Trump of England in the quarter finals of the Welsh Open Pro Snooker Series at Newport, Wales. Advani lost 2-5. “I’ve had a fantastic tournament and lost to a terrific player. I’m really pleased with how I’ve played and hope to continue the great form going in to the World Championship in a few weeks,” he said.

Manan in final

Calcutta: Manan Chandra on Friday booked his berth in the final of the men’s senior snooker category after defeating Alok Kumar 5-0 in the National Billiards and Snooker Championship at Gwalior. Earlier, Chandra had defeated Bihar’s Shivam Arora 5-4 in the quarter finals.

Bhutia point

Mumbai: Bhaichung Bhutia is not too concerned about India’s 2-4 loss to Palestine in an international friendly held in Kochi earlier this month. “There were a lot of youngsters in the Indian team. One should not be too concerned about losses in these friendlies, which are to be used to build teams for tournament like the AFC Challenge Cup. One should not go by the result,” said Bhutia.

Baan view

Calcutta: AIFF technical director Rob Baan was on Friday critical of the way Indian football is being run and lamented the absence of national team training centres, elite academies and lack of funds as far as implementing his ‘Lakshya 2022’ masterplan was concerned.

Golf meet

Greater Noida: Silverglades Delhi set up the title clash with DLF Gurgaon in the Louis Philippe Cup, after scoring identical 2-1 wins over Navratna Ahmedabad and Jaypee Greens respectively, on Friday.

Saqib wins

Calcutta: Syed Saqib Ahmed played his worst round of the week, but, by virtue of an eight-shot cushion, he walked away with the honours in the Haryana Open Golf Championship on Friday. He signed off with a five-over 77 for a four-day total of three-under 285. Manav Das hit five-under 67 but he fell shy by two shots.

PCB hope

Karachi: The PCB is hoping that the BCCI will agree to play against Pakistan, at least at a neutral venue, in August this year. “In the future tours program India is supposed to tour Pakistan in August. We are hoping that even if they don’t tour (the country) for security reasons, they should at least play us at a neutral venue because we badly need revenues from this ‘home’ series,” a source said.