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November 19, 2014

World Chess Championship: Anand has to strike soon to catch up

Chennai, Nov 19: The 2014 World Chess Championship is poised interestingly, as the title challenger from India, Viswanathan Anand, has to take some risk to strike soon to be in contention for the crown with Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen enjoying a one-point lead, say experts.With the 12-round match nearing the closing stages, Anand's fans here have one question that is bugging their minds. Would Anand, the Indian king of 64 squares, be able to square off the points with Carlsen first and outsmart him later…

Advani, Vidya Pillai advance in World Snooker

Bangalore, Nov 19: Indian hopes Pankaj Advani and Vidya Pillai won their respective opening league matches as the Seaways-IBSF World Snooker Championship commenced here Wednesday.Advani, holder of 12 World titles, was kept at the table for longer than expected before he pulled through 4-2 against Malaysia's Keen Hoo Moh while national champion Pillai shrugged off a scratchy start to blank Russian challenger Anastasjia Singurindi 3-0 with a break of 49 in the third frame. The 29-year-old Advani, champion in 2003 and…

Boxers Pinki, Monica lose at Worlds

Jeju (South Korea), Nov 19: Indian boxers Pinki Rani and Monica Saun lost in the preliminary round matches of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Women's World Championships here Wednesday.While the Asian Games bronze medallist Pinki lost 1-2 in a split decision to Russia's Saiana Sagataeva in the 51kg category, Monica (75kg) lost 0-3 to Chinese Li Qian in a unanimous judges' decision. In the match between Pinki and Saiana, the first judge awarded 39-37 in favour of the Russian. The second judge…

England to play warm-up matches with Germany, France

London, Nov 19: England will play friendly games against Germany and France in the build-up to Euro 2016, the Football Association (FA) announced Wednesday.The France game is scheduled to take place at Wembley Nov 17 next year, while Germany will visit England in March 2016, reports Xinhua. England had already confirmed games against Italy in March, 2015 and a game against Ireland in Dublin June 7.

Punjab Marshalls’ Greg Rusedski out of CTL with injury

Chandigarh, Nov 19: Punjab Marshalls' player, the legendary Greg Rusedski, Wednesday injured his foot and has been ruled out of the rest of the matches of the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL).“It is very unfortunate that Rusedski had to pull out. It is a big loss for the team but our very own Leander Paes will be taking his place,” team owner Gurpreet Singh said. Paes will play Rusedski's singles, men’s doubles with Somdev Devvarman and the mixed doubles with promising Spanish…
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