World Cup
India assured themselves of at least a silver medal at the archery World Cup Stage 3 in Medellin, Colombia. According to information received in Kolkata,  the women’s recurve team of Deepika Kumari, Laishram Bombayla Devi and Rimil Biruly, seeded No 2, lived up to their billing, ousting the USA to make the final on Friday. In the final on Sunday, the Indian trio will take on the top -seeded Chinese, boasting London Olympics silver medallists Jing Xu and Ming Cheng. India will count on the men’s compound team, featuring Rajat Chouhan, Ratan Singh Khuraijam and Sandeep Kumar, for a bronze medal against the hosts in another match. India’s earlier hopes centred on their men’s recurve team ended with their 220-223 loss to Canada in the quarter-final stage.

Kumar fails
Long-jumper Kumaravel Prem Kumar’s hopes of qualifying for next month’s World Championships virtually ended as his creditable 8.12m effort in Chula Vista, USA, on Friday turned out to be wind-assisted. A strong tailwind prevented Kumar’s jump from being listed as a national record. The B standard for World Championships qualification is 8.10m and the national record in the event has been held by Amritpal Singh (8.08m) since 2004. The qualifying deadline is 29 July.

Barca firm
Barcelona, in a blow to Manchester United, have said that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale, foiling the English Premier League club’s bid to rope him in. Cancer-stricken Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova quit on Friday to undergo further treatment. He had had a tumour removed from a salivary gland in his throat in November 2011 and in December 2012 he suffered a relapse.

United win
Danny Welbeck and Jesse Lingard both scored twice as English champions Manchester United got their first win of the David Moyes era with a 5-1 victory over an A-League All Stars team at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Save water
In Barcelona, the World Swimming Championship was inaugurated on Friday at the Palau Sant Jordi with an appeal to preserve water as a source of life which was presented in a spectacle of water, lights and sound.

Inter denial
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti denied that he was going to meet an Indonesian businessman to sell the Serie A club. Word is Erick Thohir of Indonesia is ready to pay 300 million euros for a stake.

Lorgat appointed
Former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat was today appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Cricket South Africa (CSA), replacing the controversial Gerald Majola.

Shooters banned
The National Rifle Association of India handed two shooters one-year and six-month bans respectively even though they were absolved of charges of sexual harassment.

Races postponed
The stewards of Bangalore Turf Club  decided to postpone Saturday and Sunday races to Tuesday and Wednesday
respectively due to heavy rain. The same card will hold good.