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Bajrang wins bronze in wrestling

Budapest: India’s impressive show at the World Wrestling Championships continued as Bajrang bagged a bronze medal in the 60kg freestyle category with an overwhelming 9-2 win over Mongolia’s Nyam-Ochir Enkhsaikhan, here on Tuesday. Amit Kumar had won a silver on Monday and it is first time that India have won two medals in the men’s events at the World Championships level. It was Nyam-Ochir who got a good start with a take down but 20-year-old Bajrang came back in the final seconds of the first period, pushing his his opponent out the mat to level the scores 2-2. From then on it was no looking back as Bajrang showed his technical prowess over the Mongolian and made several attacking moves including single leg take down and back hold to seal the tie in his favour. Early in the day, Bajrang had lost 0-7 to Vladimir Dubov of Bulgaria but luck smiled on him and he jumped back to contention when Dubov reached the final. He did exceedingly well in the repechage round, defeating Shogo Maeda of Japan and Ivan Guidea of Romania before getting the better of Enkhsaikhan in the bronze-medal bout. Bajrang’s performance light up India’s day as Pawan Kumar (84kg) and Hitender (120kg) had made early exits from the competition. (PTI)

‘MCA requests Sachin’s 200th Test’

Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association has formally requested the BCCI to allot the second and final Test between India and the West Indies to the Wankhede Stadium here so that Sachin Tendulkar can play his milestone 200th Test before the home crowd. “We have put in our request. If it is going to happen, then we should be the first claimants. We would like to have it over here since he is from Mumbai,” Savant told reporters here on Tuesday. Tendulkar has played 198 Tests since making his debut in 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi. Former BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, however, said that the board has not yet decided which city will host the match. Turning his eye towards BCCI’s AGM at Chennai on September 29, Savant, who is also the Board’s treasurer, was certain that incumbent president N Srinivasan would chair the meeting. “Yes, he will lead (the meeting) as the president,” Savant said. (PTI)

Australia win series against England

Southampton: Australia beat England by 49 runs to win the day/night fifth one-day international at Southampton to win the five-match series 2-1. On Monday, England, set 299 to win, saw Kevin Pietersen run out for nought and, despite Ravi Bopara’s 62, were never in the hunt before being bowled out for 249 with two overs to spare after left-arm seamer James Faulkner took three wickets for 38 runs. Earlier, Australia made 298 all out after winning the toss, with Shane Watson top-scoring on 143 and sharing a fourth-wicket partnership of 163 with captain Michael Clarke (75). Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes led England’s attack with an ODI best five for 61, while debutant seamer Chris Jordan took three for 51. Australia won the second ODI at Old Trafford by 88 runs before England levelled at 1-1 with a three-wicket victory in Cardiff on Saturday after the first and fourth matches ended in rain-affected no results. Brief scores: Australia: 298, 49.1 overs (S Watson 143, M Clarke 75; B Stokes 5-61, C Jordan 3-51) England: 249, 48 overs (R Bopara 62; J Faulkner 3-38) (AFP)

Inter punished for racist chanting

ROME: Inter Milan must play their next Serie A home match with no spectators in one section of their ground as punishment for racist chanting by fans on Saturday, officials decided on Tuesday. The spectator ban, and a 20,000 dollar (Rs 12.67 lakh) fine, were imposed because fans chanted racist insults and shone laser lights at the referee and Juventus players, Serie A said in a statement. Inter fans also unfurled a banner insulting Juve coach Antonio Conte, the statement said. Italian media said racist insults were directed at Juve midfielders Paul Pogba and Kwadwo Asamoah during the match in Milan, which ended 1-1. One stand of the San Siro will be closed for Inter’s home game against Fiorentina on September 26. (Reuters)


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