Another setback for Lance

Geneva: The 1999-2005 Tour de France races will have no winners attributed to them, embattled world cycling officials announced on Friday, ordering tainted Lance Armstrong to repay his prize money. The International Cycling Union (UCI) this week effectively erased Armstrong from the cycling history books when it decided not to appeal sanctions imposed on the American by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Suzhou: Smriti Mehra made a modest start to her campaign at the Suzhou-Taihu Ladies Open, carding a three-over 73 in the opening round here on Friday.

Shanghai: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy shut out noisy distractions to move to within two shots of leader Peter Hanson on day two of the BMW Masters golf tournament on Friday. McIlroy did not drop a shot in a round of seven-under-par 65 to move into second place on 12-under par. Sweden's Hanson posted an eight-under par 64 to lead the $7-million event by two strokes on 14-under par on the Lake Malaren course.

Mumbai: Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will meet Croatia's Mate Pavic in the final of the CCI-ITF men's Futures Tennis Tournament here on Saturday. While Jeevan beat Purav Raja 6-3, 6-4, Pavic defeated Liang-Chi Huang of Chinese Taipei 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Calcutta: Rohan Ghosh defeated Surojit Das 11-4, 11-10 while Gautam Das beat Akash Pal 11-2, 11-7 in the Nursery Boys singles' quarter final matches of the State and Inter District Table Tennis Championships at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra on Friday.

Rome: Napoli have been charged over alleged match-fixing in a game against Sampdoria on the final day of the 2009-10 season, the Italian football federation prosecutor said in a statement on Friday.

Calcutta: Eleven outstation teams, including defending champions Air India, and other local teams will vie for the Beighton Cup, which is scheduled to be held at the SAI from Sunday.

Calcutta: Captain Sreevats Goswami hit a century to help Bengal A reach 285 for five against Madhya Pradesh A at the end of the first day of their Col. C. K. Nayudu Trophy match here on Friday.

Put into bat, the hosts found themselves reeling at one for two. But Goswami (120 from 180 balls; 20x4) steadied the ship. He got good support from Sudip Chatterjee (67; 175b, 5x4).

Brief scores: Bengal


285 for five (Sreevats Goswami 120, Sudip Chatterjee 67) vs Madhya Pradesh A. Match to continue.