Berdych, Janko to take part

Calcutta: Some of the top tennis players, including world No. 6 Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, are set to take part in the Chennai Open 2013 to start in Chennai from December 31. This will be Berdych's second visit to the tournament, while Tipsarevic will open his new season at the Chennai Open for the fifth successive year.

New Delhi: Parupalli Kashyap notched up a hard-fought 12-21, 22-20, 21-14 over Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam to reach the last eight of the China Super Series in Shanghai on Thursday.

Fujairah: Surya Sekhar Ganguly defeated Abhijeet Gupta to maintain a clean slate after the second round of Fujairah International Chess tournament, here on Thursday. Sandipan Chanda defeated V. Saravanan.

Khanty Mansiysk: Koneru Humpy crashed out of the World Women's Chess Championship after losing to Natalia Zhukova of Ukraine in the second game of the second round on Thursday. D. Harika moved to the pre-quarter finals after defeating Elina Danielian of Armenia.

Johor Bahru: India, on Thursday, booked their berth in the final of the Sultan of Johar Cup hockey tournament with a 3-1 win over New Zealand here.

New Delhi: The Indian challenge in the WSF Women's World Team Squash Championships came to an end on Thursday as Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa lost their respective quarter final matches to Egyptian rivals in Nimes, France. While Dipika lost to Weleily 14-16, 4-11, 7-11, Chinappa lost to Sherbini 7-11, 6-11, 9-11

Calcutta: Dempo SC will start as favourites against ONGC when the teams meet in an I-League match at the Ambedkar Stadium on Friday.

Calcutta: OnProcess drubbed MN Dastur 3-0, while BOC brushed Entacol aside 3-1 in the Rangers Mercantile five-a-side soccer tournament, here, on Thursday. In other matches, Concentrix beat Genpact 2-0 and TCS B drew 0-0 with Apeejay Surrendra. British Deputy High Commission got a walkover from Cognizant.

Calcutta: The Jharkhand State Cricket Association has written to the BCCI, requesting them to advance the start of the January 19 ODI between India and England because of the dew factor. The Telegraph had reported on November 11 that the JSCA was set to request the BCCI for a review of the 2.30 pm start.

Calcutta: Fawad Ahmed, a Pakistani asylum-seeker and leg-spin bowler, who helped Australia prepare for the first Test against South Africa was on Thursday rewarded with a permanent visa to stay in the country.