Sebastian takes pole at Suzuka

Suzuka: Dominant double world champion Sebastian Vettel took pole posit-ion at the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix for the fourth year in succession on Saturday, with teamma-te Mark Webber to start alongside the German on an all-Red Bull front row.

Sahara Force India's Nico Hulkenberg qualified 10th but will start from the 15th position on the grid af-ter being handed a five-pla-ce penalty due to an unsch-eduled gearbox change. Pa-ul di Resta qualified 12th but will move one place up to 11th.

Tokyo: Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek outplayed Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak in straight sets to storm into final of the ATP Japan Open. The top seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated the Italian-Czech combination 6-3, 6-1 in the semis.

Beijing: India's Sania Mirza and her partner Nu-ria Llagostera Vives suffer-ed a straight-set loss in the summit clash of the China Open. The fifth-seeded Indo-Spanish pair lost 5-7, 5-7 to third-seeded Russian pair of Ekaterina Mak-arova and Elena Vesnina in the final.

Calcutta: Vikas Singh defeated top seed Sanil Jagtiani 4-2, 5-4 (7-4) in the qua-rter finals of the under-18 boys' singles category in the Calcutta Hard Court tennis tournament at the South Club on Saturday.

Calcutta: Riya Mukherji and Rituparna Das of Bengal have been selected in the under-15 and under-17 teams to participate in the Badminton Asia Youth Championship, which will be in China from Tuesday.

Yeoju: Gaganjeet Bhullar the lone Indian at the CJ Invitational Hosted by KJ Choi, who had to play four remaining holes from the second round this morning slipped down after 16 holes in the third round as play was suspended due to darkness on Saturday. He is tied 44th after being 37th at the end of the second round.

Yokohama: Jeev Milkha Singh suffered a big setback as he managed only a two-over 74 and slipped from overnight tied sixth to 20th after the third round of the Canon Open here on Saturday.

Las Vegas: Arjun Atwal turned in an improved one-under 71 but it was just not enough as he crashed out of the Jus-tin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after the second round here.

Lincoln: Continuing the run feast, captain Abhinav Mukund smashed an unbeaten century in the second innings of four-day match between India A and New Zealand A ended in a drab draw.

Brief scores: India A 554/8 decl. and 246/4 decl. (A. Muk-und 132 not out). New Zealand A 424/7 decl. and 0/1. Match drawn