Clarke regains top spot

Calcutta: Michael Clarke regained the No. 1 ranking for Test batsmen after producing a spectacular performance in the second match against South Africa, which ended in a thrilling draw in Adelaide on Monday. Meanwhile, Pragyan Ojha has managed to hold on to his fifth position in the bowler's rankings. Graeme Swann bounced back into the top 10 list, while Monty Panesar is 29th.


Batsman: 1. M.Clarke. 2. K.Sangakkara. 3. S.Chanderpaul. 4. J.Kallis. 5. H. Amla. 6. A. Cook. 7. K. Pietersen. 8. AB de Villiers. 9. Y. Khan. 10. Azhar Ali.

Bowlers: 1. D. Steyn. 2. S. Ajmal. 3. V. Philander. 4. R. Herath. 5. P. Ojha. 6. G. Swann. 7. B. Hilfenhaus. 8. M. Morkel. 9. P. Siddle. 10. J. Anderson

Karachi: Waqar Younis is being tipped to take over as High Performance Director of the Pakistan's National Cricket Academy very soon.

Calcutta: State sports minister Madan Mitra announced the visiting 11-member Brazilian Masters for their friendly against All Stars XI at the Salt Lake Stadium on December 8. The All-Stars team will feature Carlos Valderama and Rene Higuita besides Bhaichung Bhutia and Jose Ramirez Barreto.

The Brazilian XI: Roberto Carlos, Dunga, Bebeto, Viola, Juninho Paulista, Mauro Silva, Zinho, Zetti, Edmilson, Aldeir and Ceaser.

Chennai: Indian GM M.R. Lalith Babu strode to joint leadership position with 5.5 points when he drew his top board game against GM Oleksienko Mikhalio of Ukraine in the sixth round of the Commonwealth Chess Championships here on Monday. Joining the duo were top seed Sergei Tiviakov (The Netherlands), Adly Ahmed (Egypt), M R Venkatesh, P Karthikeyan and Ram S Krishnan.

Guwahati: Sarjubala Devi and Pinki Jangra sailed into the quarter finals of the 13th Senior Women's National Boxing Championship in their respective categories here, on Monday.

Paris: A cartoon armadillo chosen as the official mascot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is to be called Fuleco, world governing body Fifa said on Monday. The name ' a combination of the Portuguese words for football (futebol) and ecology (ecologia) ' came out top with more than 48 percent of the 1.7 million Brazilians who voted in a poll.

New Delhi: The inaugural Hockey India League has run into rough weather even before its start and the franchise-based event's start has been deferred by two weeks to January 17 next year. The meet will end on February 3.