Seven fans of Brazilian football club Corinthians were freed after more than three months in prison for their alleged involvement in the death of a teenage Bolivian supporter. Their release on Thursday was confirmed by Corinthians and the Brazilian embassy in Bolivia, which said authorities had decided there was a lack of evidence against the accused. Kevin Beltran Espada, 14, died after being struck by a flare launched by a Corinthians fan.
Tennis’ anti-corruption authorities banned Russian player Sergei Krotiouk for life for match-fixing. Krotiouk, whose career-high ranking was No.486 in 2009, Thursday was also fined $60,000 after being found guilty of 41 violations, the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) revealed. Life bans in the last two years have also been handed out to Serbia’s David Savic, a former world number 363, and Austria’s Daniel Koellerer, who once rose to 55 in the world and reached the third round of the US Open in 2009.
The International Olympic Committee has officially declared its presidential election a six-man race to succeed Jacques Rogge in September. The candidates are: Thomas Bach, Ser Miang Ng; Sergey Bubka, C. K. Wu and Richard Carrion and Denis Oswald.
World No.2 Saina Nehwal exited the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament going down to eighth seed Juan Gu of Singapore in the quarterfinals on Friday. Saina, who was the top seed in the tournament, lost 21-13, 12-21, 18-21 in 53 minutes. The Hyderabadi shuttler started the match on the front foot, never giving her opponent even a sniff of a chance in the opening game.
Vishnu Prasanna’s unbeaten run was halted by Grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia as the Indian suffered his first defeat in the sixth round of Grand Europe Albena International Chess Tournament in Bulgaria.
Top I-league team Dempo today signed former Manchester City defender Simon Colosimo for a one-year deal. Colosimo is the second English Premier League player to have joined Dempo. Arsenal&’s Rohan Ricketts was part of the Dempo SC squad in I-League 2012-13.
The national camp at the Army Sports Institute here was rocked by yet another controversy when two recurve archers were suspended after being caught in a compromising position.
Following are the selections for Saturday&’s Bangalore race: 2 pm: Ambitious Reward 1, Guts And Glory 2; 2.30 pm: Southern Sky 1, Strengthandwonder 2; 3 pm: Socrates 1, Madame Bovary 2; 3.30 pm: Aumento 1, Arziki 2; 4 pm: Rich Celebration 1, Will Star 2; 4.30 pm: Azetic Star 1, Super Start 2; 5 pm: Wind Of Soul 1, Pack Ur Backs 2; 5.30 pm: Wing Commander 1, Autumn Red 2. Best bet: Azetic Star.