Good day for the Indians

Shanghai: Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek beat Kevin Anderson and Sam Querry 6-4, 6-4 to progress to the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters, here on Thursday. In another match, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna also made the last eight after beating Treat Huey and Jonathan Marray 7-6 (9), 6-4.

New Delhi: The Indian team was held to a 1-1 draw by Japan Football Association Academy in the under-14 SAARC tournament, being held in Shizuka.

New Delhi: Rashid Khan set ablaze the Delhi Golf Course here with a six-under 66 to zoom to a five-stroke lead over Shamim Khan after the second round of the BILT Open tournament. Calcutta lad Shankar Das (69), Abhinav Lohan (69) of Faridabad and Delhi golfers Gulfam (68) and Ashok Kumar (72) were tied third.

Calcutta: Smriti Mehra played a tidy round of even par 72 with two birdies and two bogeys to join Nalini Singh Siwach (75) in the lead at the end of the second round of the Hero-Classic Golf Resort Women's Pro Golf in Gurgaon.

Calcutta: Kingshook Mullick emerged boys' under-12 champion in the Calcutta Hard Court Tennis Tournament at South Club on Thursday. He defeated Mohammed Fardeen 1-4, 4-1, 4-2.

Chennai: Olympic medallist M.C. Mary Kom is now aiming for a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Sharing the stage with wrestlers Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt, Mary Kom said: "I'm confident of winning gold in both Glasgow (CWG event slated for November 14) and then in Rio Olympic Games."

Mokpo: Lewis Hamilton has apologised to teammate Jenson Button in person on Thursday for his Twitter message. There was a brisk handshake between the two drivers and a "Forget it" from Button, followed by a brief apology to John, Jenson's father.

Calcutta: The sports ministry on Thursday came to the rescue of cue sports, saying the grant being given to them will not be stopped despite SAI writing to the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India that funds will not be provided since cue sports are not part of either Asian Games nor Olympics.

Mumbai: Ajit Agarkar was on Thursday named the captain of the Mumbai Ranji team for the first four matches, starting November 2.