Rovers set to be revived

New Delhi: Discontinued since 2001, Western India Football Association (WIFA), the parent body of Maharashtra football, has decided to revive the prestigious Rovers Cup from the next season. The total prize money for the tournament would be Rs 1 crore.

According to WIFA sources, the 122-year-old tournament will be played at its traditional venue, the Cooperage in Mumbai, from July 27 to August 11, next year. The decision to revive the Rovers Cup was taken after the WIFA signed a Rs 100 crore 10-year deal with Sporting Ace for development of the game .

Calcutta: Vikas Singh emerged as the champion of the boys' singles under-18 category of the Calcutta Hard Court tennis tournament at the South Club on Wednesday. He defeated Parikshit Somani 6-3, 6-3 in the final. In the boys' singles under-10 category final, Asish Sinha defeated Amaan Wasim 4-1, 4-1.

New Delhi: Striker Krishna Pandit found the net twice to help Indian juniors register a 2-1 victory over Afghanistan in their opening encounter of the U-14 SAARC Tournament in Shizuka.

Bangalore: Saina Nehwal said on Wednesday she plans to set up a badminton academy as there is a lot of interest in the game in Bangalore.

New Delhi: Shamim Khan of Delhi shot an eight-under-64 to take lead in round one of the BILT Open at the Delhi Golf Club on Wednesday. Rashid Khan was in second place while Jyoti Randhawa shared the sixth spot.

Calcutta: Nalini Singh Siwach maintained her form with a fine even-par round of 72 to take a two-shot lead at the end of Round I of the Hero-Classic Golf Resort Women's Pro Golf. She was two shots clear of Saaniya Sharma. Smriti Mehra paid for her triple bogey eight on the par-5 third hole to finish at 75 and three behind the leader.

Melbourne: Former Test batsman Brad Hodge was named captain and coach of the Australian cricket team for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament later this month.

Calcutta: Subhamoy Das will lead the CAB A side in the S.K. Acharya Memorial (Challenger) Trophy. Sudip Chatterjee will lead the CAB B side while the Under-19 side will be captained by Amir Goni.

Lahore: Showcaused by the PCB, Abdul Razzaq said he would consult his lawyers before responding to the notice sent to him for criticising Mohammed Hafeez recently.