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November 16, 2015

Women’s national premier chess: Swati, Soumya in lead

Kolkata, Nov 16: Swati Ghate of LIC and Soumya Swaminathan of PSCB retained their positions at the top with contrasting victories in the fourth round of the Women's National Premier Chess Championship here on Monday.While Soumya prevailed over Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa comfortably, Swati was a little fortunate to win her game from an inferior position from the Italian defence. Both Swati and Soumya now have 3.5 points after 4 rounds at the ICCR auditorium. Soumya got into a comfortable position against the French…

Thought van Gaal was an idiot: Xavi

Doha, Nov 16: Barcelona icon Xavi has said that he first thought coach Louis van Gaal was an "idiot" when he became the boss of the Catalan giants in 1997.Xavi is presently playing for Qatari club Al-Sadd SC. The Dutchman helped Barcelona bag two league titles, one Copa Del Rey and a UEFA Super Cup. "After two days of training under him, I thought, 'Who is this idiot'," Xavi was quoted as saying by ESPN FC. Xavi said he, however, grew fond of the 64-year-old after a few days.…

Germany setting sign for peace with football

Hannover (Germany), Nov 16: What was originally meant to be just another football friendly to try out tactics and players has now changed into a sign to the world as Germany decided to play their friendly against the Netherlands here on Tuesday evening.After the terror attacks in Paris, with the German team being caught up right in the middle of the catastrophe, "the game against the Netherlands can't be a case of sport anymore". "It's time to set a sign as our national football team stands…

Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United unlikely: Midfielder Mata

Manchester, Nov 16: Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the football club is highly unlikely as the Portuguese superstar is happy playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid.The 30-year-old forward enjoyed a six-year stint with United from 2003 to 2009 and had scored 118 goals from 292 appearances. Ronaldo still fondly remembers his days at Old Trafford and many United fans believe he will be back for a second stint. "I think it's difficult for that to happen, in truth.…

Snehadevi progresses in Gulbarga ITF tennis

Gulbarga, Nov 16: Third seed Snehadevi Reddy had to sweat it out against qualifier Preethi Ujjini before prevailing 7-5, 6-1 to move into the women's singles second round of the Gulbarga ITF $10,000 tennis tournament here on Monday.The match lasted an hour and 54 minutes with Ujjini testing the third seed in the first set. Snehadevi was also guilty of serving too many double faults, at a time when up 40-love and serving four double faults to hand the game to her opponent. However, Snehadevi came into her own and…
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