WT20: Second loss for Indian women

Indian women’s team produced a listless batting performance as they suffered a five-wicket loss at the hands of England to slump to their second consecutive defeat in the Women’s World Twenty20 here on Wednesday. Electing to bat, Indian women could only score 95 for nine in their allotted 20 overs with captain Mithali Raj being the only substantial scorer with a 56-ball 57. England chased down the target with 11 balls to spare at the Sylhet Stadium.

Opener Sarah Taylor top-scored for England with a 29-ball 28 while Lydia Greenway contributed 26.

For India, Soniya Dabir grabbed two wickets for 21 runs while Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav got a wicket each.PTI

Cairns confirms investigation by police, ICC

Former New Zealand test cricketer Chris Cairns confirmed on Thursday he is under investigation by the London Metropolitan Police and the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit, although he says he does not know why.

“I have had contact from the (Metropolitan) police and the ICC and I will be engaging with them further in the coming days and weeks,” Cairns said. “I still don’t have any detail about the basis for or nature of their inquiry.”

Cairns said he was pleased that after persistent rumours of his alleged involvement in match fixing “the authorities are finally engaging with me so that this matter can be resolved once and for all and I can get on with my life. As I have said countless times, I have nothing to hide.”

The ICC said last year that members of its anti-corruption unit had visited New Zealand as part of an inquiry involving Cairns and his former New Zealand teammates Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey. Vincent and Tuffey confirmed they had been questioned but Cairns repeatedly said he had not been approached or advised of the nature of the investigation.

Cairns won a libel action against Modhi in the High Court in London in 2012 after claims made by Modhi about Cairns’ involvement in the rebel Indian Cricket League.AP

Vettel and Franklin take top Laureus awards

Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and American swimming sensation Missy Franklin were named Laureus Sportsman and Woman of the Year on Wednesday in a ceremony filled with tributes to those affected by the missing Malaysian Airlines plane.

Spaniard Nadal completed a hat-trick of Laureus awards after he took the Comeback of the Year prize after bouncing back from a seven-month absence to win the 2013 French and U.S. Opens as well as five ATP Masters titles.

Bayern Munich were named World Team of The Year after the German side completed a treble by winning the Bundesliga, Champions League and German Cup, while MotoGP champion Marc Marquez took the Breakthrough of the Year prize after taking the title in his rookie season.

Marie Bochet, the French paralympic skier, was named sportsperson of the year with a disability, with Jamie Bestwick named World Action Sportsperson of the Year.Reuters

Jude Felix new coach for senior men’s hockey team

Former India captain Jude Felix has been appointed as coach of the senior men’s national hockey team and the Olympian will work under Chief Coach Terry Walsh, Hockey India (HI) said on Wednesday. He is appointed on a probationary period of three months.PTI

TT: India A junior women’s team wins gold

India A girl’s team won a gold after defeating Singapore in the last league game of the 2014 Indian Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis Championships at the Mukherjee Stadium here on Thursday.

The India A team bagged the junior girls title while India B bagged a silver.

In cadet boys category, India A and B teams won a silver and a bronze respectively.PTI

Handball: India outpace Pakistan to emerge South Asian champions

India outsmarted Pakistan 36-31 to win the third South Asian Handball Championship at an outdoor court at the Genesis Global School here on Wednesday.

India shrugged off a shaky start to get the better of the reigning South Asian Games champions. Bangladesh beat Afghanistan to finish third in the five-nation competition.IANS

Ghosal disappoints in London squash meet

World No.18 Saurav Ghosal lost to ninth-ranked Peter Barker of England in the opening round of the $50,000 Canary Wharf Squash Classic here.

The Kolkata-based player went down 5-11, 3-11, 4-11 to the third seed in a match played on Tuesday.IANS

Anand draws with Kramnik, inches closer to title

Viswanathan Anand inched closer to clinching the Candidates Chess tournament title after settling for an easy draw as black against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 11th round here.

With just three rounds to go, Anand maintained his full point lead over nearest rival Levon Aronian of Armenia and with two white games in hand out of the last three, there is little that can go wrong for the Indian ace. Peter Svidler played out a draw with Aronian, Dmitry Andreikin signed peace with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan while Sergey Karjakin held his position against Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to get a half point in the other matches.PTI