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Two-time defending champions Argentina won the women’s Champions Trophy hockey for the third straight year by beating Olympic...

Written by Agencies | Published: July 19, 2010 12:45:06 am

Argentina win Champions Trophy

Two-time defending champions Argentina won the women’s Champions Trophy hockey for the third straight year by beating Olympic and world champions the Netherlands 4-2. Noel Barrionuevo scored the tournament’s first hat-trick for Argentina while Carla Rebecchi scored once. For the Netherlands,Kelly Jonker and Maartje Goderie scored. Meanwhile,England rallied to beat Germany 2-1 in the third-place playoff. New Zealand defeated China 4-3 in the fifth-place playoff in theri first win at the Champions Trophy since 2002.

Umpire injured by Armymen

Tamil Nadu umpire Surya Prakash suffered a head injury after Sunil Ekka of Army hit him with his stick during their match against ONGC,which they lost 1-4 in the MCC-Murugappa Cup hockey tournament. The incident happened in the 32nd minute after Surya Prakash gave two green cards to Services players and was quickly surrounded by the Armymen. Red cards werehanded out to Ekka and Army captain William Xalco. Earlier,Indian Railways defeated Karnataka 3-2. Vivek Singh,Innocent Kulu and Rajesh Pande scored for Railways while Nithin Thimmaiah struck twice for Karnataka.

Punjab,Puducherry win

Punjab brightened their chances of making the pre-quarterfinals of the Santosh Trophy after scoring a 1-0 win over Nagaland. Punjab scored the only goal through Balwant Singh. Meanwhile,Puducherry beat Gujarat 2-1 at the Barasat Stadium. Vinod Kumar gave Puducherry a 18th minute lead but Gujarat equalised through Dipesh Pun. Manikandon struck the winner for Puducherry. Rahul Gurjar scored a late goal to help Rajasthan beat J&K.

Somdev’s run ends at Aptos

Somdev Devaraman’s good run at the ATP Challenger event in Aptos,USA,came to an end after a semi-final defeat against local hope Donald Young. The second seed Indian fought hard but lost 2-6 6-3 4-6 to his third seed opponent at the $75,000 hard court event. Somdev collected 33 ATP ranking points and $3,765 as prize money. Young will take on Australian Marinko Matosevic in the summit clash.

Foot surgery for Serena

Serena Williams needs surgery on her right foot after cutting it on a broken glass at a restaurant. The top-ranked women’s player was injured last week and will miss three tournaments leading to the US Open,the WTA Tour has said. Williams has withdrawn from tournaments in Istanbul,Cincinnati and Montreal. “I’m so upset I won’t be able to play in the upcoming events because of this foot surgery,” Williams said. “Thank you for all of your support. I can’t wait to get back on the courts.”

Jeev slips to tied 42nd

An eventful front nine left Jeev Milkha Singh with a card of three-over 75,slipping 25 rungs to tied 42nd after the penultimate round of the Reno-Tahoe Open golf tournament here. Jeev slotted just one birdie against a couple of bogeys and a double bogey to take his total to even-par 216 in three days. At the top,American Scott McCarron (67) grabbed the sole lead with a total of 10-under 206,followed a stroke adrift by his compatriots John Mallinger (71) and Robert Garrigus (73).

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