Gift from Lewis
Carl Lewis was so impressed with Milkha Singh’s rise from humble beginnings by dint of hard work, as Bhaag Milkha Bhaag showed, that the legendary American athlete sent a baton to the Indian as a gesture of respect. Addressing a Press conference ahead of the Run with Flying Sikh Milkha – Save Girl Child event, set to be held in New Delhi on Sunday, Singh said on Saturday that he had been "touched" by Lewis’acknowledgement of his achievements. “Lewis watched the film at his home in America along with an Indian friend of his. He does not know Hindi and his Indian friend must have done the translation for him. After watching it, he took my telephone number from his Indian friend and called me up,” Singh said.
Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els each helped produce wins on Friday in alternate-shot foursomes matches at the storm-hit Presidents Cup before darkness fell with four matches yet to be completed. At sunset, the USA led the Internationals 4 1/2-3 1/2 with each team leading two of the matches that would be finished before the start of five four-ball and five foursomes matches at Muirfield Village. Reigning British Open champion Mickelson and Keegan Bradley defeated Australian Jason Day and Canada’s Graham DeLaet 4 and 3.
Ghosal moves up
Third-seeded Sourav Ghosal advanced to the semi-finals of the Montreal Open squash tournament, defeating Egyptian Omar Abdel Azaiz 11-3, 11-4, 2-11, 11-4 here on Friday. Ghosal took less than an hour to subdue Azaiz, setting up a clash with top-seeded Spaniard Borja Golan. In New York, Deepika Pallikal’s dream run ended when the Indian went down to world No 1 Nicol David from Malaysia, who won 11-7, 11-5, 11-4 in the quarter-final match of the Carol Weymuller Open tournament on Friday.
In Doha, India began their Asian Football Confederation U-19 championship qualifying campaign on a disappointing note, losing 0-2 in their opening group match against Qatar. “I am disappointed with the result but not the performance,” The head of the Indian team, Colm Toal, said at the post-match Press conference.
Wushu will make its debut at the Lusofonia Games which will pull in 1,000 athletes from 12 Portuguese-speaking nations scheduled to be held in Goa from 18 January to 29 January. Up for grabs are more than 300 medals in nine disciplines.
Following are Sunday’s selections for Pune races: 1 pm: Speeding 1, Blue Knight 2; 1.30 pm: Antonius Maximus 1, Honest Pleasure 2; 2 pm: Stella 1, Viva Capri 2; 2.30 pm: Gallant Lad 1, Forest Vision 2; 3 pm: Mint Approach 1, Deep Diver 2; 3.30 pm: Domingo 1, Oriental Rocky 2; 4 pm: Burgundy Rose 1, Dark Knight 2; 4.30 pm: Hunt For Heads 1, Beforememoryfades 2; 5 pm: Windsor Queen 1, Calypso Queen 2. Best bet: Mint approach.