Arvind and Ajay through

Auckland: Ajay Jayaram and Arvind Bhat were the only bright spots on an otherwise disappointing day for the Indian shuttlers at the New Zealand Badminton Open, on Thursday.

While Jayaram beat Marius Myhre of Norway 24-22, 21-5, Bhat, seeded 13th, outplayed compatriot Kirtesh Dhindhwal 21-16, 21-12 to enter the third round. But all other Indians ' Anand Pawar, RMV Gurusaidutt, Chetan Anand ' lost their respective matches.

Manila: Himmat Rai and Rahil Gangjee were tied at the 59th place as Indian golfers made a very modest start to their campaign, on Day I of the Solaire Open. Three other Indians ' Ajeetesh Sandhu, Chiragh Kumar and Abhinav Lohan ' shot 76 each to be tied 77th.

New Delhi: Gurbani Singh edged out defending champion Aditi Ashok by one stroke to kick-start her 2013 season with a victory at the Usha Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship.

Calcutta: Aijub Ekka scored a brace as ERSA blanked BNR Recreation Club 5-0 at the Calcutta Hockey League Super Division tie, on Thursday. In another match, CCandFC thrashed SAI Training Centre 4-0.

New Delhi: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has said that England's Graeme Swann is "one of the most intelligent bowlers" in international cricket.

Ahmedabad: The Indian women's cricket team, currently leading the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh 2-0, may not get a trophy for their efforts as the BCCI has not sent anything. BCCI's general manager for game development Ratnakar Shetty said: "No trophy could be arranged for the series as it was organised at the last minute."

Calcutta: Bangladesh's Ayesha Rahman Suktara has been reported to the ICC because of a suspected illegal bowling action.

Calcutta: Cathedral Mission High School scored an easy win against Kanailal Vidyamandir, at the CAB Coca-Cola U-16 Inter-School Cricket Tournament.

Brief scores: Kanailal Vidyamandir 109 in 27 ovs. Cathedral Mission High School 110/4. Cathedral Mission won by six wickets.

Calcutta: Bhowanipore Club defeated Shambazar Club by three wickets in the 2nd Women's Invitation cricket tournament, on Thursday.


Shambazar Club 151/9 in 45 ovs (S. Dutta 4/15). Bhowanipore Club 154/7 (S. Isaque 80 ..). Bhowanipore Club won by 3 wkts.

Wari AC 201/6 in 42.3 ovs (D. Shaw 51). DAA (Odisha) 202/4 in 45 ovs (S. Meher 94). DAA (Odisha) won by 6 wkts.


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