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India moves closer to victory
MOHALI, MARCH 11. The long, despairing walk back, it appeared, would never end. Inzamam-ul-Haq was a shattered man when he headed for the pavilion and as the captain of a side struggling to stay afloat, his dejection was understandable. There ...

Kasparov has made his final move
LINARES, MARCH 11. World No. 1 Garry Kasparov lost his final round game to Veselin Topalov but claimed the prestigious City of Linares chess title on second tie-break and announced his retirement. Topalov, ranked third in the world, scored his ...

Cricket
Contract dispute yet to be resolved
BRIDGETOWN (BARBADOS), MARCH 11. The contract dispute in West Indies cricket remained unresolved on Thursday, the deadline for a resolution given by Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell. ``Finding a solution to the current sponsorship dispute ...

Memorable spell by McGrath
CHRISTCHURCH, MARCH 11. Glenn McGrath claimed six wickets to leave the first Test between New Zealand and Australia delicately balanced at the end of the second day. McGrath completed his 26th five-wicket Test haul, taking five of his six ...

Can Tendulkar be a `walking' example?
WITH sportslovers in India increasingly displaying an all-new desire to look beyond the boundaries of a game — cricket — that has long been a national obsession, and a pair of brilliant young stars — Formula One driver Narain ...

Musharraf likely to watch Bangalore Test: Zaidi
MOHALI, MARCH 11. The Director, Board Operations, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Abbas Zaidi, speaking to The Hindu here on Friday said the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, was likely to visit India during the Test series. "He was a ...

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Tennis
Karatantcheva advances
INDIAN WELLS, MARCH 11. Sesil Karatantcheva advanced to the second round of the $2.1-million Pacific Life Open with a 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-2 victory over German Marlene Weingartner on Thursday. She will next face top-ranked and top-seeded Lindsay ...

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Hockey
Guntur blanks West Godavari
VISAKHAPATNAM, MARCH 11.Guntur edged out West Godavari 1-0 in the inaugural match of the 21st Andhra State seniors hockey championship at MBP Corporation Ground, Ajit Singh Nagar, Vijayawada on Friday. Guntur, third last year in the super ...

Didar steers Namdhari XI to victory
NEW DELHI, MARCH 11. Didar Singh fired in three goals to fashion a 5-3 win for Namdhari XI, in the Pool III league match against Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the first stage of the National hockey championship on Friday. Penalty ...

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Badminton
Indian pairs bundled out
BIRMINGHAM, MARCH 11. The Indian pairs too bowed out of the Yonex All-England badminton championship being held here. The National champion duo of Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas, despite extending their Korean rivals Joon Jun Bum and Lee Yang Dae ...

Basketball


Billiards & Snooker
Chris `Shutts' the door on Russell
PRESTATYN (NORTH WALES), MARCH 11. Chris Shutt is the 2005 World professional billiards champion. Late on Thursday night, at the Pontins Holiday Resort here in Prestatyn, North Wales, the 6'7" cueist from Middlesborough edged out defending ...

Golf
Atwal in title contention
NEW DELHI, MARCH 11. India's Arjun Atwal put himself in contention for the title with a score of three-under par 69 despite playing with a borrowed driver and a brand new putter at the Qatar Masters at Doha on Friday. Atwal's two favourite ...

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Shooting
Indian teams strike gold
NEW DELHI, MARCH 11. The Indian men's and women's teams put up a sparkling show to claim the air rifle gold medals on the opening day of the Commonwealth shooting meet which got underway in Melbourne on Friday. Apart from these two golden ...

Sports : General


Wrestling
Rajeev wins silver in International GP
NEW DELHI, MARCH 11. Rajeev Tomar bagged the first-ever silver medal for India at the 25th International Grand Prix wrestling tournament, for the Takhti Cup, held recently at Tehran. Rajeev competed in the 120-kg freestyle category in which ...



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