* Indian freestyle grapplers bagged seven gold,four silver and three bronze medals in the 2013 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in Johannesburg and won the Team Title in the category. As the event allows a country to field a maximum of two competitors per weight class,Indian wrestlers claimed a medal each in the seven weight divisions. Sandeep Tomar (55kg),Jaideep (60kg) and Amit Kumar Dhankar (66kg),Praveen Rana (74kg),Pawan Kumar (84kg) Satyavart Kadian (96kg) and Joginder Kumar (120kg) clinched gold medals in their respective weight categories. While Narender (55kg),Ravinder Singh (60kg),Naresh (84kg) and Rohit Patel (120kg) won silver medals,bronze went to Arun Kumar (66kg),Pardeep (74kg) and Hardeep (96kg) at the three-day long event.
Chhetri brace sinks Churchill
* Sunil Chhetri scored a brace as Bengaluru scored a deserving 3-1 win over defending champions Churchill Brothers to open a gap at the top over Pune FC in the Airtel I-League match at Duler Stadium in Mapusa,Goa. Bengaluru scored through Sean Rooney (50th min) and a brace by Sunil Chhetri (64th,77th min). Churchill Brothers pulled one back through substitute Balwant Singh. Bengaluru who took their tally to 24 points from 12 matches opened a gap over Pune FC by three points who have played a match less. Churchill remained bottom with 7 points from eleven matches. Meanwhile,Shillong Lajong FC defeated Salgaocar 2-1. Also on Friday,Mohun Bagan returned to winning ways with a 4-0 thrashing of United SC.
Kapur in contention
* Shiv Kapur hit a purple patch on the back nine with four birdies in a span of five holes,as he carded a four-under 66 and moved to tied third at the midway stage of the Hong Kong Open. Kapur is now five-under 135 and two shots behind leader Jbe Kruger of South Africa. Kapur may well have been just one behind Kruger,but for a bogey on 18th. Six of the nine Indians made the cut,but surprisingly among those missing were Jeev Milkha Singh (71-71),Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-77) and C Muniyappa (77-75). At tied 14th and three-under 137 was SSP Chowrasia (68-69) as the next best Indian after Kapur,while Anirban Lahiri (68-70) was tied 27th. Sujjan Singh (66-73),Himmat Rai (72-67) and Jyoti Randhawa (72-67) were tied 41st at one-under 139.
Chinappa makes last eight
* Indias Joshna Chinappa pulled off her second successive upset in the Womens Hong Kong Open,claiming her first ever quarter-final berth in a WSA World Series event. After making her breakthrough in the first round where she upset No.7 seed Natalie Grinham,the 27-year-old from Mumbai stunned Denmarks No.15 seed Line Hansen 12-10 11-8 9-11 11-5 in 44 minutes to become the only unseeded player to reach the last eight of the final World Series Gold event of the year at the Hong Kong Squash Centre. Joshna will now face Alison Waters,the No.4 seed from England who took only 23 minutes to dismiss Welsh qualifier Tesni Evans 11-2 11-4 11-5.
Xabi to decide on extension
* Real Madrids Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso will decide very soon whether to extend his contract beyond the end of this season,coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday. Alonso missed the start of the current campaign due to injury and Real struggled without his controlling influence in central midfield. They have looked much more assured since his return at the end of October and Ancelotti said it was important for everyone at the club that he remained after his current deal expires. We are waiting for Xabis decision, Ancelotti said.
Falcao return delayed
* Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has not recovered from his thigh problem and will miss Sundays Ligue 1 game against Ajaccio,the club said on Friday. Radamel Falcao continues his rehabilitation from a thigh problem. While his situation is improving,he still feels some pain, Monaco said on their website (www.asm-fc.com).
Athira,Amolak better record
* Three national and one meet marks have been improved on the fourth day of the 29th National Junior Athletics Championships. In youth girls’ triple jump as Athira Surendran of Kerala erased G Gayathri’s five-year old meet and national mark on her very first round jump of 12.86m. Although she was happy with the record,Athira missed the Junior Worlds qualification by 4 cm. The second national mark of the day also came from Amolak Singh of Maharashtra,who tabulated 5817 points in Octathlon to improve his state-mate Dileep Kumar’s three-year old mark (5808 pts). The quartets from Tamil Nadu made a clean sweep in all the four medley relay events. In that process they also improved the national record in boys’ under-16 category as the foursome of L Ravi Kumar,M S Arun,T Santhoshkumar and R Balakrishnan clocked an impressive time of 1:58.02.
Todt re-elected as FIA chief
* Jean Todt was unanimously re-elected for a second term as president of motorsport’s ruling body the FIA on Friday. The result was a foregone conclusion as the Frenchman was unopposed in the election after Britain’s David Ward withdrew from the race last month. Todt has been president of the FIA since October,2009,following a career in motor sport management with Peugeot in world rallying and later,from 1992,with further success at Ferrari.