Strong begin by Rahil Gangjee, lies fourth in Japan


Nagoya

Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee started off with a 4-under 68 that put him at tied-fourth place in the Crowns Tournament here. He was just two shots adrift of the leader, Takumi Kanaya.

Tenerife (Spain)

Shubhankar makes modest start at Tenerife Open

Shubhankar Sharma carded three birdies against a bogey for a 2-under 69 to emerge as the best-placed Indian at tied-55th after the opening day of the Tenerife Open here. SSP Chawrasia (70) was T-86th, while Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) and Ajeetesh Sandhu (75) were also in need of good second-round scores to extend their stay in the tournament.

New Delhi

WBC India Championship postponed indefinitely

The WBC India Championship has been postponed indefinitely due to the increase in Covid-19 infections in the country. The first-ever WBC India Championship fight, between women boxers Chandni Mehra and Suman Kumari, was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday in Jalandhar.

Pallekele

Oshada, Dickwella keep Sri Lanka going

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella hit a run-a-ball 64 not out in the second Test to help Sri Lanka reach 469/6 at stumps on the second day against Bangladesh.

Harare

Fawad ton puts Pakistan in control against Zimbabwe

Fawad Alam (108 not out) completed his fourth Test century as he guided Pakistan to 374/6 and a commanding lead of 198 runs at the close of play on the second day of the first Test against Zimbabwe.

Madrid

Osaka wins first clay match in two years

Playing her first match on clay in nearly two years, world No. 2 Naomi Osaka recovered from a slow start to defeat qualifier Misaki Doi 7-5 6-2 in the first round of the Madrid Open. Third-seeded Simona Halep beat Sorribes Tormo 6-0 7-5.

Tokyo

Olympics could be held behind closed doors

The Tokyo Olympics could be held behind closed doors, Tokyo 2020 president Seiko Hashimoto has said. Agencies

New Delhi

10 members of Ashwin’s family had Covid, reveals wife

Cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin’s wife Prithi Narayanan today said her family has been through a “nightmare of a week” after 10 members of their family tested positive for Covid-19. On Sunday, Ashwin withdrew from the IPL to support his family. Today, in a series of tweets, Prithi talked about the family’s troubles. “Feeling ok enough to croak a tiny hi to all of you. 6 adults and 4 children ended up testing+ the same week, with our kids being the vehicles of transmission — the core of my family, all down with the virus in different homes/hospitals. Nightmare of a week. 1 of 3 parents back home,” she tweeted, adding: “I guess physical health will recover faster than mental health. Everybody was there, offering help yet there’s no one with you. Most isolating disease. The headaches this virus causes need their own twitter thread.”

New Delhi

Dhawan donates Rs 20 lakh

Veteran India opener Shikhar Dhawan has donated Rs 20 lakh to an NGO for buying oxygen cylinders and concentrators, doing his bit to help the Indian hospitals ravaged by a deadly second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Sachin Tendulkar contributed Rs 1 crore to the same organisation based out of the NCR. TNS, Agencies

Margao

Without coach and foreign players, FC Goa bow out

FC Goa assistant coach Clifford Miranda has said he is “very proud” of the team despite the loss to top UAE team Al Wahda in their last AFC Champions League group stage match here last night. Goa were beaten 2-0 by Al Wahda in their final AFC Champions League match, and bowed out of the tournament. Owing to the Covid-19 situation, FC Goa were without the services of all their foreign players as well as head coach Juan Ferrando. “It is always difficult when you don’t have players who have been playing regularly for the past few games. However, it was an opportunity for the other players,” Miranda said. “I am very proud of these players that they played extremely well, they played to their maximum. Maybe with a little bit of luck here and there, we could have got a result but then we were up against one of the better teams in Asia who are several levels above us,” added Miranda. FC Goa finished third in Group E in their maiden appearance in the tournament thanks to three points from three draws. They avoided the wooden spoon, which went to Al Rayyan. TNS, Agencies

Manchester

Man United crush Roma 6-2, on course for Europa League final

Manchester United handed Roma another heavy beating at Old Trafford, winning 6-2 thanks to doubles from Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes to move in sight of the Europa League final. Fourteen years after getting thrashed 7-1 in the Champions League quarterfinals, Roma imploded again at the home of the English team after leading 2-1 at halftime in the first leg of the semifinals. The other semifinal is more finely poised, with Villarreal leading Arsenal 2-1 heading into next week’s second legs. Both teams finished the game with 10 men. AP/PTI



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