Defender Dhanachandra Singh’s second half strike earned United SC a 1-1 draw against East Bengal in their 11th round I-League at the floodlit Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. East Bengal were inspired at the start,taking the lead with Edeh Chidi’s 32nd minute goal but Singh headed in the equaliser in the 59th minute. United SC now have 16 points from 10 matches,while East Bengal have 11 from seven outings. Substitute Jaison Valles struck in stoppage time to give Churchill Brothers their first win as they beat Sporting Clube de Goa 3-2 in a match at Duler Stadium in Mapusa. Churchill Brothers took the lead through Abdel Hamid Shabana in the second minute before Sporting equalised through Boima Karpeh in the 5th minute. Churchill ewtook the lead in the 37th minute through Balwant Singh before Sporting equalised through Pratesh Shirodkar in the 89th minute before Jaison headed home. Churchill took their tally to 7 points from ten matches and placed themselves at 12th position.
Bhullar blazes into lead
Gaganjeet Bhullar,who won the first of his four Asian Tour titles in Jakarta,charged into a two-shot lead at the Indonesia Open after shooting an opening seven-under-par 64 in Jakarta. He held an edge over the chasing pack after shooting a flawless round highlighted by seven birdies at the USD 750,000 Asian Tour event. Among other Indians,Sujjan Singh (67),whose sole international win has been in Indonesia last year,was tied eighth,while Jyoti Randhawa (69) was 22nd and Abhinav Lohan (70) was 30th. It was disappointing for Anirban Lahiri (71) at 43rd,and Shiv Kapur (72) and SSP Chowrasia (72),who were both tied 59th. Ajeetesh Sandhu and Himmat Rai (73 each),Chiragh Kumar (74) and Rahil Gangjee (75) will need solid second rounds to make the cut.
Lifters bag 87 medals
Youth Asian Games champion Ragala Venkat Rahul (77kg) stole the show with half a dozen gold medals as India signed off with a whopping 87 medals at the Commonwealth Youth and Junior Championships which concluded in Penang,Malaysia. In the senior men’s division,Sivalingam Sathish Kumar (77kg) won three gold medals. India signed off with a overall tally of 47 gold,28 silver and 12 bronze medals at the event. The youth boys were the stars of the show with a combined tally for 13 gold medals. In fact,they were the biggest contributors to the tally with 21 medals in all. The youth girls contributed 18 medals.