Anand to face Kramnik
Assured of a place in the knockout stages,former World Champion Viswanathan Anand settled for a draw against Michael Adams of England in the sixth and final group stage game of London Chess Classic Rapid tournament. Anand and Adams were tied for the top spot in Group A with 12 points each. Both Anand and Adams scored three victories and three draws apiece to make it to the knockout stage.
City thrash Arsenal 6-3
Manchester City exposed the first cracks in Arsenal’s title challenge,beating the Premier League leaders 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium as their attacking talents cut loose in another free-scoring home display on Saturday. City’s stylish showmen sealed their eighth consecutive home league success by out-punching Arsenal,whose lead at the top of the table was cut to two points after Chelsea snuck a 2-1 win at home to Crystal Palace.
Osasuna hold Real Madrid
Real Madrid wasted a chance to keep the pressure on the top two in La Liga with a 2-2 draw away to Osasuna where Sergio Ramos was sent off and record signing Gareth Bale substituted. Carlo Ancelotti’s side began confidently having won their last five league games,scoring 24 goals in the process,but were undone by two first half headers from Oriol Riera. Sergio Ramos,returning from suspension and whose discipline has been questioned,was red carded after 43 minutes but Isco gave Real hope with a strike on the point of halftime.
Judokas return with medals
Indian Judokas won a silver and four bronze medals in the Asian Youth and Junior Championships held from December 11 to 13 in Hainan,China. According to team manager Man Mohan Jaiswal,the Indian youth squad and the junior team,each comprising seven boys and girls,won a silver and two bronze medals,and two bronze medals respectively.
Lahiri tied for second
Anriban Lahiri continued his great run this season,playing a round of five-under 67 to move to tied second at the end of day three at the $1m Thailand Golf Championships. Spaniard Sergio Garcia (65) seemed to run away from the field opening a four-shot lead over Henrik Stenson (65) and Lahiri (67).
IOC wants clarity from IOA
Not completely satisfied with the Indian Olympic Association leaving room for interpretations in its constitutional amendments,the IOC indicated that it may not proceed to lift the ban on the country until the IOA ensures clarity regarding barring of charge-framed persons from contesting elections. The world body also made a veiled threat that it reserves the right to impose sanctions.
Lee closes in on title
World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei Saturday advanced to the final of the BWF World Superseries Finals,closing in on winning the title for a record fourth time. The Malaysian,who won three men’s singles crowns from 2008-2010,crushed Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen 21-14,21-16 in 40 minutes.