Devvarman upset: Yuki Bhambri brushed aside India number one Somdev Devvarman in straight sets to breeze into the final of Chennai’s Challenger event on Friday, winning 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 41 minutes.
Rhinos win: Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos staved off a stiff challenge before prevailing over Kalinga Lancers 3-2 in a league match of the second Hero Hokey India League, in Ranchi on Friday.
Bindra triumphs: Abhinav Bindra clinched his second gold medal of the competition at the Inter Shoot Tri series Shooting being held at Netherlands. He won his first medal in the competition on Thursday.
Kirsten reluctant: South African Gary Kirsten has said he did not want to be considered for the job of England’s team director because of personal reasons. He was tipped by as a replacement for Andy Flower.
Miami dream: David Beckham’s new team in Miami will not take to the pitch until at least 2017, Peruvian entrepreneur Marcelo Claure, the billionaire investor in the project says, dashing hopes of an earlier start.
Zol&’s view: Under-19 India captain Vijay Zol has said his team was not under pressure against Pakistan in the World Cup opener as they had beaten the arch-rivals twice in the recently-concluded U-19 ACC Asia Cup.
Fed Cup: In Astana, Prarthana Thombare and Ankita Raina lost their singles matches as India suffered a defeat at the hands of Hong Kong to remain in Group II in the Asia/Oceania competition in Fed Cup.
Dope shame: Dope shame returned to haunt Indian weightlifting with 2011 Commonwealth Championships gold medallist lifter Rupinder Singh returning positive for an anabolic steroid.
Nadal out: Rafael Nadal said on Thursday he would not participate in next week’s Copa Claro competition in the Argentine capital city because he had not been able to practise since injuring his back.