Shift in Derby venue likely

lThe Salt Lake Stadium will be closed for around 25 days, from November 23, for renovation, according to sports minister Madan Mitra .

During that period several high-profile matches ' the December 8 Brazilian Masters and Sports Ministers Legends exhibition tie and the East Bengal-Mohun Bagan Derby on the following day ' are scheduled at the venue.

Asked about the alternate venues for these matches, Mitra said: "The exhibition tie can be postponed, while the Derby may be held at Siliguri.

"We will be having a meeting with the club officials on Thursday (at Writers' Building) to decide upon the alternate venues."

East Bengal have dropped striker Robin Singh due to poor form of late, from their squad, which will face Air India in an I-League Round V game on Saturday in Pune. Seiminlen Doungel was named as his replacement.

For Mohun Bagan, the injured Manish Maithani will miss team's away tie against ONGC on Friday.

Hockey Bhopal defeated RCF Kapurthala 5-3 while Air India drew 4-4 with Army XI in the Beighton Cup quarter-final league matches at the SAI complex on Wednesday. Army XI made a comeback in the second-half, pumping in four goals to hold Air India. The draw kept their semi-final hopes alive.

Khalsa HS beat Burdwan Municipal School 50-44 in a Group B match of the Inter-School Basketball League at the WBBA grounds on Wednesday.

In the process, they moved to the top spot in the group.

St Lawrence High School defeated South Point by eight wickets in a St Lawrence Platinum Jubilee Inter-School cricket tournament match. St Lawrence overhauled the target of 60 runs in 11.1 overs.

Hockey: Beighton Cup: Quarter final matches from 12:30 pm