Women’s team: Ritu Rani will lead India’s senior women’s squad in the Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan, from 2 November to 9 November. The team won the silver medal in the Asian Cup.
French Open: All Indian participants, including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, lost their second round matches at the French Open Super Series on Thursday. South Korea’s Yeon Ju Bae beat Nehwal 20-22, 21-15, 22-20.
Azarenka out: Li Na reached the semifinals of the WTA Championships with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of an ailing Victoria Azarenka. Serena Williams defeated Petra Kvitova 6-2,6-3 to reach the last four of the same tournament.
Golf awards: Gary Player will lead the jury to pick the winners of the inaugural Indian Golf Awards. The nine-time Major -winner, who also had 24 Tour triumphs, said he endorsed the idea of the awards.
El Clasico: FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says he doesn’t believe that Saturday’s Clasico at home to Real Madrid in the Camp Nou Stadium will have much bearing on the final standings of the Spanish Primera Liga.
Spurs surge: Tottenham Hotspur closed in on a place in the Europa League knockout stages with a 2-0 win away to Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday. It was a hard-earned win for Villas-Boas.
Ban reduced: Croatia’s Marin Cilic has had his suspension for doping reduced from nine months to four by the Court of Arbitration in Sport, the International Tennis Federation announced on Friday.
Kambli plaint: Vinod Kambli was said to have filed a complaint against a foreign lady for making a racist comment against him over a car-parking dispute in the housing complex in Bandra, Mumbai.
Pybus job: Richard Pybus was on Thursday named director of cricket with the West Indies Cricket Board on a three-year deal. Pybus coached Pakistan from 1999 to 2003 and also led the Titans and Cobras to titles.
Ranji Trophy: Players of both Mumbai and Haryana teams have arrived at Rohtak for Sunday’s Ranji Trophy match. It will be Sachin Tendulkar’s final game for his state side in the country’s domestic tournament.
ICC conference: The International Cricket Council’s annual conference in 2014 will take place in Australia for the first time in its history after Melbourne was awarded the right to host the event. It comes off in June.
Cut missed: At Sodegaura, in Japan, Jeev Milkha Singh struggled on his back nine with three bogeys and a double bogey to card a five-over 76 and miss the cut at the Bridgestone Open on Friday. Singh has been hit by injuries.
TT: The 79th State & Inter District Table Tennis Championships 2013, to be held till 28 October, was inaugurated on Friday at Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata in the presence of Mir Khasim Ali.