Bright hopes: In Kocaeli Vidit Gujrathi and S P Sethuraman eyed medals after defeating Jorge Cori (Peru) and Vladislav Kovalev (Belarus), respectively, in the penultimate round of World Juniors Chess Championship.
Bayern cruise: Holders Bayern Munich made light work of Hannover 96 with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday that put them into the last 16 of the German Cup. Mueller (two),  Pizarro and Franck Ribery found the net.
Colts win: India routed Lebanon 4-1 in their second match of the U-16 Asian Football Confederation qualifiers. Nuruddin, Jayananda Singh, Anirudh Thapa and Bedashwor Singh scored for India.
Ban shortened: The National Anti-Doping Appeal Panel has reduced the ban of swimmer Jyotsna Pansare to one year in the first decision on the 11 athletes who tested positive before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Rami suspended: Spanish football club Valencia have decided temporarily to suspend their defender Adil Rami after an interview the player gave on Radio Valencia criticising his team-mates and coach Miroslav Djukic.
Paes through: Leander Paes and his Italian partner Daniele Bracciali on Thursday reached the semifinals of the Thailand Open in Bangkok after defeating Colombian pair of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
Medals assured: Two Indian boxers, Nikhat Zareen and Simranjit Kaur   were assured of medals in the youth event of the ongoing AIBA Women’s Youth and Junior World Championships after entering the semi-finals.
Loss avenged: Stevan Jovetic and Jesus Navas scored for Manchester City who avenged an FA Cup final defeat by Wigan Athletic with a 5-0 victory over the Championship side in the English League Cup third round on Tuesday.