Serena withdraws: World No 1 Serena Williams was said to have pulled out of the Pan Pacific Open in Japan. She said she had played through the summer and needed more time to recover from the fatigue.

Order challenged:
The MCA has approached Bombay High Court, challenging a civil court order which stayed a five-year ban imposed on R Shetty, the cricket control board’s game development officer.

AFC Cup: East Bengal  picked Shylo Malswamtluanga to replace an injured Cavin Lobo in the squad for their Asian Football Confederation Cup away quarter-final match against Semen Padang on 24 September.

Shooter suspended: A junior shooter has been suspended by the National Rifle
Association of India  for misbehaving with a woman in the hotel staff during a training camp in Italy
recently.

Arjuna Award: The Sports Ministry today decided not to confer Renjith Maheswary with the prestigious Arjuna award as the triple jumper has been found to have used a ‘scheduled’ substance back in 2008.

Bolt&’s extension: Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt revealed on Thursday that he may not retire after the 2016 Games and is also hoping to compete at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Rooney proud: Wayne Rooney spoke of his pride after becoming only the fourth player to score 200 goals for Manchester United. The 27-year-old striker reached the milestone in United’s 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bids invited: The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Thursday invited bids for the title sponsorship rights of its international and domestic matches after Airtel had earlier decided not to renew its contract.

Sutil surprised: Force India driver Adrian Sutil said he was surprised that the Indian Grand Prix will not take place next year and hopes the "great event" returns to the Formula One calendar in 2015.

Junior chess: In Kocaeli, Turkey, Grandmaster S P Sethuraman defeated  Russian Andrey Stukopin to join Yu Yangyi of China in the lead on 4.5 points after the fifth round of the World Junior Chess Championship.

Sindhu out: PV Sindhu was ousted from the Japan Open Super Series badminton championships on Thursday, losing 6-21, 17-21 to qualifier Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu also dropped out of the top 10 in rankings.

Neymar’s secret: The father of Neymar placed a mid-June deadline on the sale of his son, according to Santos. Neymar da Silva Snr warned he would leave as a free agent if a deal was not struck before the Confed Cup.

Cesar injured: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has been ruled out of Brazil’s football friendlies against South Korea and Zambia next month owing to a hand injury.Cesar underwent surgery in London to treat a fracture.