Short Takes

Ram wins the crown

Los Angeles: American Rajeev Ram pulled off one of the biggest upsets of his career by battling past second seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(2) to clinch his second ATP World Tour title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship, on Sunday. The American stormed ahead 6-2 in the final set tiebreak before sealing victory on his first match point when Karlovic netted a backhand.

Jehan show

Misano Adriatico: Rising Indian driver Jehan Daruvala bagged his maiden pole position in Formula car racing before slipping to finish third in race one in the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS series here. The 16-year-old Indian went fastest in qualifying at the Misano Adriatico circuit. In race two, Daruvala finished fourth.


New Delhi: An eight-member Indian wrestling team, including Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Vinesh, will compete in the 5th President's Cup to be held at Astana, Kazakhstan from July 23 to 26.

The squad: Vinesh (48 Kg), Nirmala Devi (53 Kg), Lalita (55 Kg), Sakshi Malik (58 Kg), Sarita (60 Kg), Anita (63 Kg), Navjot Kaur (69 Kg), Nikki (75 Kg)

U-16 tour

Calcutta: India's under-16 football squad will leave for Germany on Tuesday for a two-month exposure trip, during which the side will play against the youth team of Bayern Munich among others.

The tour to Germany would be followed by the AFC U-16 Qualifiers in Tabriz City, Iran from where the colts would be proceeding to Spain to compete in the AGS Cup in the third week of September.

Gold Cup

Los Angeles: Panama and Mexico advanced to the semi-finals of the Concacaf Gold Cup, on Sunday. Mexico advanced to the last four following a controversial 124th minute penalty converted by captain Andres Guardado, against Costa Rica. Panama beat Trinidad and Tobago 6-5 in the shootout.

ATK signing

Calcutta: Atletico de Kolkata have roped in Spanish playmaker Javi Lara. The 29-year-old central midfielder, who moved to Eibar last season, signed for the franchise last Saturday.

Katsumi joins

Calcutta: Katsumi Yusa, who played a crucial role in Mohun Bagan's I-League triumph last season, joined practice on Monday. He went through some warm-up exercises and a session at the gym.

Younis wish

Karachi: Senior Pakistan batsman and former captain Younis Khan has reiterated his desire to lead the national team one more time before his retirement. "If I get a chance to lead the Test team, I will definitely accept the challenge once again," Younis said.

Sohail injury

Karachi: The fitness woes of Pakistan cricket team continue to grow as fast bowler Sohail Khan has been diagnosed with stress fracture of the back. Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said the medical panel of the Pakistan Cricket Board was going to carry out further tests. Rasheed confirmed that they had reports he had played a match against advice of the medical panel.




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