The Indian women’s chess team endured mixed fortunes, winning the first two matches before being upstaged by Iran which pushed them to eighth spot after three rounds of the Asian Online Nations (Regions) Cup Team Championship. The team started with wins over Syria and Mongolia.
Sharma rides rollercoaster in 3rd round, lies 44th
Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma endured a rollercoaster third round, carding an even-par 72 to lie tied-44th at the BMW PGA Championship here. Sharma had contrasting fortunes as he had a doublebogey and a triple-bogey on successive holes on the front-nine and three birdies without any loss of shots on the back-nine in the third round.
Five-member judo team to participate in Budapest
Five Indian judokas will participate in the Grand Slam 2020 competition — an International Judo Federation (IJF) event — scheduled to be held in Budapest, Hungary from October 23 to 26.
Germany holds on to beat Ukraine for 1st win
Germany finally won a Nations League game at the seventh attempt, holding on to beat Ukraine 2-1 to ease the pressure growing on coach Joachim Löw. Defender Matthias Ginter and midfielder Leon Gortezka scored to give Löw’s team its first win in Group 4 of League A, its first of the year, and coming after three games including the friendly against Turkey in which it squandered leads to draw. A late penalty from Ruslan Malinovskyi ensured another nervy ending, but a Ukraine side depleted by coronavirus cases and injuries was unable to draw level. Andriy Shevchenko’s side was thrashed by France 7-1 in their friendly on Wednesday. After drawing with Turkey 3-3 in Cologne the same day, Löw restored his regular players in Kyiv, building the team around the Bayern Munich “block” of Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry. Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg, and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos also returned to the starting lineup. Spain needed a passing blunder by Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer to secure a 1-0 win and keep the lead of its Nations League group. Sommer got flustered by Spain’s pressure and passed the ball past his teammate and directly to Mikel Merino, who set up Real Sociedad clubmate Mikel Oyarzabal to score the game’s only goal in the 14th minute. Agencies