Modi loses appeal

London: Lalit Modi has failed in his appeal against a �90,000 libel award to Chris Cairns over an accusation of match-fixing.

Cairns sued Modi earlier this year and won the case when a judge ruled the Indian "singularly failed" to provide any reliable evidence that the player was involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing, or even that there were strong grounds for suspicion that he was.

Calcutta: West Indies pacer Kemar Roach will miss the Test series against Bangladesh due to a knee injury. Fidel Edwards has been named as his replacement. West Indies team physiotherapist C.J. Clark described the injury as "a right medial hamstring tendon tear", which Roach sustained in a club match three weeks ago in his native Barbados.

Calcutta: CSA on Wednesday said that it had acceded to a request from Sri Lanka Cricket to split the 2013 tour. While the Test series is scheduled to be held in May/June, 2015, the ODI and T20I series will be held in 2013.

Charlottesville: Somdev Dev Varman finally won a match post a comeback since July this season when he defeated Germany's Mischa Zverev in the opening round of the ATP Challenger tournament, here. Somdev won 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Hyderabad: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh of Railways and 2009 Asian Boxing Championship gold winner Nanao Singh of the Services reached the pre-quarter finals of the men's National Boxing Championship on Wednesday. Such was the dominance of these two boxers that the referee had to stop the contest in both the matches.

Calcutta: Despite carding a six-over 77, Ridhima Dilawari still managed to maintain a commanding lead at the end of the second round of the Usha Maharashtra Ladies Golf here on Wednesday. She was five shots clear of Millie Saroha, who carded a total of 152.

Calcutta: Shiraz Singh captured the overall title in the third edition of the Millionaire Asia India Precious Golf Cup presented by Audi, which concluded at the Qutab Golf Course in New Delhi, on Tuesday. She hit a gross total of 85. Astha Mittal emerged as the runner-up with a total of 87.

Calcutta: Anirban Nandi and Sutirtha Mukherjee were crowned champions in the men's and women's singles of the State and Inter District Table Tennis Championships at the Khudiram Anushilan Kendra. Anirban Nandi defeated Souvik Kar 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 while Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Mousumi Paul 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 14-12, 18-16, 11-7.