Covid hits Indian boxers in Spain

New Delhi: The Indian men’s boxing team’s campaign at the 35th Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain, was derailed by a positive Covid-19 case in the side, resulting in three withdrawals from the final clashes. Olympics-bound Ashish Kumar (75kg) tested positive for the virus. As a result of being his roommates, Mohammed Hussamuddin (57kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) were forced to withdraw from the finals on Saturday night. All three of them ended with silver medals. Manish Kaushik (63kg) ended up being the sole gold medal winner for the side. Among the women, Simranjit Kaur (60kg), who is also bound for the Olympics, was forced out of her final after her semifinal opponent tested positive for the virus. Simranjit, however, tested negative. Vikas Krishan (69kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) and Jasmine (57kg) signed off with silver medals. India’s campaign ended with one gold, eight silver and one bronze. PTI

Liverpool suffer sixth straight Anfield loss

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool slumped to a sixth consecutive home Premier League defeat as they lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Fulham after a first-half goal by Mario Lemina at Anfield today.

Messi grabs two assists as Barcelona march on

PAMPLONA: Barcelona continued their rampant run of domestic form to beat Osasuna 2-0 away from home on Saturday and move to within two points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, with Lionel Messi setting up goals scored by Jordi Alba and teenager Ilaix Moriba. Reuters

Women suffer heavy loss on return

Lucknow: Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt shared the highest opening wicket stand against an under-prepared India to give South Africa an eight-wicket win in the first ODI of the five match series. Asked to bat, India could only manage 177/9. Skipper Mithali Raj scored 50 off 85, while her deputy Harmanpreet Kaur scored 40 off 41 balls. In reply, Lee (83 not out off 122) and Wolvaardt (80 off 110) helped South Africa chase down the target in 40.1 overs with a record 169-run stand. It was India’s first outing in 12 months. Meanwhile, Harmanpreet became the fifth Indian woman cricketer to have played 100 ODIs.

Brief scores: India: 177/9 (Mithali 50, Harmanpreet 40; Ismail 3/28); SA 178/2 (Lee 83*, Wolvaardt 80; Goswami 2/38)

Opener Guptill leads New Zealand to series win

Wellington: Martin Guptill hit 71 runs as New Zealand cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Australia to win the T20I and secure a 3-2 series win. Agencies

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