Junior cyclists start well
Indian junior riders started the Track Asia Cycling Championship in Thailand by winning one gold and three silver on the opening day. Teen sensation Deborah bagged the gold medal in the Time Trial event while Manorama Devi bagged silver medals in Scratch and Point races and Dilawar Singh from Haryana added the third silver in Point race for India.
Froome out of Tour event
Tour de France champion Chris Froome has pulled out of Sunday’s Tour of Lombardy because of a back injury,his Team Sky said on Saturday. “A scan this week revealed that Chris is suffering from an inflamed sacroiliac joint. We are monitoring him as a team but unfortunately the injury means he will not be able to take part in the race this weekend,” team doctor Alan Farrell said in a statement. Froome abandoned last Sunday’s world championship road race in soaking conditions along with his British team mates.
US ahead in Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods remained unbeaten at this week’s Presidents Cup as the United States maintained a one-point lead over the Internationals after the weather-delayed foursomes ended on Saturday morning. Woods and his playing partner Matt Kuchar beat in-form South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel 4&2 in the marquee match of six before the Americans finished the opening foursomes session at Muirfield Village with an overall lead of 6-1/2 points to 5-1/2.
Archers return empty-handed
The Indian archery team ended their campaign in the World Championships without any medal after the compound mixed team lost to United States in the bronze medal play-off at Belek,Turkey. The Indian pair of Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Abhishek Verma lost 151:156 to the American duo of Jesse Broadwater and Erika Jones. This is the worst ever performance by Indian archers in any World Championships. Earlier,both the men’s and women’s compound teams lost in the pre-quarterfinals.
Ghosal in semis
Third seed Saurav Ghosal continued his fine run of form when the Indian reached the semi-final of the Financiere Banque Nationale Montreal Open squash tournament with an emphatic 3-1 win over Egypt’s Omar Abdel Azaiz. Ghosal,World No. 17,defeated his 30-year-old Egyptian opponent in less than an hour,winning 11-3 11-4 2-11 11-4. Ghosal will meet Spanish favourite Borja Golan in the semi-final.
India go down to Qatar
India began their AFC U-19 Championship qualifying campaign on a disappointing note as they lost 0-2 in their opening group match against Qatar. The Indians held their own against the Qataris till the hour mark but conceded two goals thereafter to lose the match at the Al Arabi Stadium. Akram Hassan scored from the spot in the 60th minute and substitute Abdullah made it 2-0 in the 89th minute. India play Nepal tomorrow in their second match.
Mumbai beat Churchill
Churchill Brothers paid dearly for a missed penalty in the first half as Mumbai FC struck twice in the second half to score their first win in the third round of the Airtel I-League. After a barren first half,Mumbai,who did well to defend their citadel in the second half,scored through Essien Orok (46th) and Climax Lawerence (87th). The win took Mumbai FC to five points from three matches,while Churchill Brothers,who suffered their second defeat,have one point from three matches.
Narain wins in Auto GP
Narain Karthikeyan shrugged off qualifying issues to record a superb win in the penultimate race of the AutoGP season,taking the championship fight the final race. Narain had to start third on the grid after an untimely red flag forced him to abandon a flying lap but went on to win the race. After this win,Narain now has 195 points,15 behind SuperNova teammate Vittorio Ghirelli in the title.