* Balraj settled for a silver after narrowly losing his 76kg freestyle bout against Russia’s Batyrbek Tcakulov as the Indian grapplers returned with two medals from the Cadet World Championship which concluded in Zrenjanin,Serbia. Trailing 1-3 to Balraj with only 30 seconds left on the clock,Tcakulov drove through on a double leg,scoring a three-point takedown and one-point exposure hold to win 5-3 on Sunday. The bronze medal for India came in the 42kg event through Jatin in the freestyle repechage final. India stood fourth in the cadet freestyle team rankings amongst 48 nations. None
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Thiago out till early November
* Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be out of action until early November after having surgery on Monday for damaged ligaments,the club said. The hugely talented 22-year-old Spain international,who joined in the close season from Barcelona,damaged ligaments in his right ankle in the second half of their 2-0 win over Nuremberg on Saturday. “Initially ruled out for seven weeks,Bayern said the player,who was brought in to add versatility and pace to their midfield,could be back in early November. Thiago will leave the clinic on Tuesday and is expected to use crutches for five to six weeks.
Aus becomes AFF member
* Australia became a full member of South East Asia’s ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) on Monday with the backing of all the members of the regional organisation. “We look forward to being an active member and to contributing to the ongoing development and success of football in our region,” Football Federation Australia (FFA) general secretary and chief executive David Gallop said in a statement. The decision was taken after a unanimous vote by the 11 member associations at an AFF Extraordinary Congress in Dili,Timor Leste. Australia joined the AFC in 2006 after moving from the less competitive Oceania Federation and were subsequently invited to become members of the AFF.
Koevermans names squad
* National Football coach Wim Koevermans today announced the 20-member Indian squad for the upcoming SAFF Championship which is scheduled to be held in Nepal from August 31 to September 11. The Indian National Team,which will open its campaign against Pakistan on September 1,will leaves for Kathmandu tomorrow. It is only be the second time since 1997 that Nepal will be hosting the tournament,where eight teams will fight it out for the coveted title. India has been clubbed alongwith Pakistan,Bangladesh and hosts Nepal in Group A,while Group B comprises Afghanistan,Maldives,Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
SQUAD: Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul,Karanjit Singh,Sandip Nandy. Defenders: Nirmal Chettri,Arnab Mondal,Gouramangi Singh,Raju Gaikwad,Sandesh Jhingan,Mohanraj Nalappan. Midfielders: Syed Rahim Nabi,Mehtab Hossain,Arata Izumi,Lenny Rodriguez,Alwyn George,Jewel Raja Shaikh,Francis Fernandes. Forwards: Sunil Chhetri,Robin Singh,Dawson Fernandes,Jeje Lalpekhlua. Head Coach: Wim Koevermans.
Horner wins third stage
* American veteran Christopher Horner won Monday’s third stage of the Spanish Vuelta to take the overall leader’s jersey,with race organizers saying he became the oldest rider to earn a stage victory in one of cycling’s three grand tours. The 41-year-old RadioShack-Leopard rider broke away on the last uphill climb to win the 172-kilometer (107-mile) ride from Vigo to Vilagarcia de Arousa in 4 hours,30 minutes,18 seconds. Horner overtook Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali as the race leader,with the Italian now 3 seconds back in second. “My legs felt very good today. I am very,very happy and feel very strong,” Horner said,adding that he believed the overall victory was within his reach. “I’m a small guy and don’t weigh much,so I like big mountains. Maybe I can win. I won the Tour of Basque Country,so why can’t I win the Spanish Vuelta?”