Kashyap, Sindhu in finals

www.telegraphindia.com3 October 2012

Srinagar: London Olympics quarter finalist Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram set up the men's singles title clash between them after scoring contrasting wins in their respective semi-finals, at the 77th Senior National Badminton Championship. While Kashyap spanked K Srikanth 21-5, 21-8, Jayaram Nanda Gopal K 21-14, 21-15.

In the women's singles, defending champion PV Sindhu will clash against Sayali Gokhale.

New Delhi: National coach Wim Koevermans on Tuesday shortlisted 31 footballers for India's friendly match against Singapore, to be played in Singapore, on October 16. According to All India Football Federation (AIFF) sources, the Dutch coach would finalise the 20-member squad after the first round matches of the I-League, beginning October 6. Kovermans has named some new faces like Khelemba Meetei, Souvik Ghosh, Prateek Chowdhury, Romeo Fernandes and M Pradeep in the list of probables.

Johannesburg: South Africa captain Steven Pienaar has retired from international football only three months before his country hosts the African Cup of Nations, citing the physical toll of playing for both Bafana Bafana and English Premier League team Everton.

Pune: Police swimmer Richa Mishra grabbed her second gold medal in as many days by winning the women's 800m freestyle gold at the at 66th Enerzal Senior National Aquatic Championships. Richa had won the 200m backstroke gold on Monday.

Bangalore: An own goal in the second minute of extra-time helped Punjab register a 2-1 victory over Air India and claim the second Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship title on Tuesday.

New Delhi: In a move which would reduce the number of the country's participants in the Olympics, Athletics Federation of India has decided to limit the entry of track and field athletes in the quadrennial sporting event to only those who qualify with the 'A' standard.

Mumbai: Gujarat wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel was Tuesday added as the 16th member of the West Zone Duleep Trophy squad to take on North Zone, in a quarter final match, in Chennai, from October 6 to 9. India under-19 stumper

Karachi: According to the Pakistan women's team captain Sana Mir, the fact that Pakistan had always struggled against India in a World Cup had spurred her team to victory against the neighbours, on Monday. "The fact that Pakistan have always lost to India in World Cup competitions was a motivation for us to beat India in the women's competition," she said.