Sanam in main round

17 October 2012

Nanjing: Sanam Singh qualified for the singles main draw of the Asia-Pacific Australian Open wild card play-off tournament, after edging past Yuqing Ning in a tough three-setter and entered the doubles quarter finals with compatriot N Sriram Balaji, on Wednesday. The top-seeded Indian defeated Yuging 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the fourth and final round.

Rome: An Italian court has ordered the referees involved in the 2006 match-fixing scandal to pay $5.25 million in damages to the Italian Football Federation. Nine others were fined smaller amounts.

Liverpool: Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is set to be out for three months after the club decided he needs surgery to repair a fractured bone in his foot. The Italian picked up the injury in Liverpool's loss to Manchester United in September, and the problem was aggravated when he was on international duty with Italy last week.

Sao Paulo: Former Brazil midfielder Juninho faces a two-year suspension for failing to follow doping test rules after a Brazilian league match. Brazil's sports tribunal says Juninho broke the rules by going to the locker room before undergoing the test after Vasco da Gama's match against Ponte Preta on September 23.

Silverstone: Susie Wolff has become just the fourth woman in a decade to drive a Formula One car. She dedicated her first experience to Maria de Villota. Wolff, a development driver for Williams, completed 100 kilometres of Silverstone's international circuit.

Brussels: American cyclist Levi Leipheimer has been fired by the Omega Pharma-Quick Step cycling team after confessing to doping as part of the investigation that brought down Lance Armstrong. Leiph-eimer was Armstrong's teammate for five years during stints with the US Postal Service, Astana and RadioShack teams before joining Quick Step this season.

Mumbai: The IPL Governing Council met here on Wednesday to discuss various issues, relating to the termination of cash-strapped Deccan Chargers, and matters regarding its new franchise, for which tenders have been floated.

However, the BCCI brass was tight-lipped on the outcome of the meeting.

Calcutta: Indian women will look to put behind them their miserable campaign in the World T20, when they take on Thailand in their opening match of the T20 Asia Cup, to be played in Guangzhou, from October 24-31. Mithali Raj has been retained captain of the team.

The squad

Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Sulakshana Naik, Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma, Shubh Laxmi Sharma, Archana Das, Ekta Bisht, Reema Malhotra, Niranjana Nagarajana, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Anuja Patil, Sunitha Anand, Rasanara Parwin