Vidit is the sole leader

Calcutta: Vidit Santosh Gujrathi defeated overnight leader Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan to emerge as the sole leader after the fifth day of the International Chess Tournament, here on Friday. Top seed Radoslaw Wojtaszek of Poland castled Mikhailo Oleksienko of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Arun Prasad snatched a point from Surya Sekhar Ganguly. Mary Ann Gomes beat S Ravi Teja, while Nisha Mohota signed truce with Sidhant Mohapatra. Diptayan Ghosh defeated Aditya Udeshi.

Margao: An exciting contest is on the cards when defending champions Dempo take on Prayag United Sports Club in the 10th round of the I-League at Nehru Stadium here on Saturday. United have suddenly lost their winning momentum. They have only one point from the last three matches. Ranty Martins, who will be playing against his former club, is the man on whom coach Eelco Schattorie will depend for a win.

Marrakech: Nalini Singh Siwach overcame a nervous front-nine to get back to a respectable score of three-over 75 at the end of the first round of the Lalla Aicha Tour School for the Ladies European Tour here on Friday.

Calcutta: Local boy Viraj Madappa of Tollygunge Club finished with two successive birdies to not just pocket the Toyota IGU All India Finals at the Royal, but also grabbed the Player of the Year crown . Madappa finished with a four day aggregate of 288.

Sydney: Shane Watson said on Thursday he will be given the first chance to fill the vacancy in Australia's batting order left by Ricky Ponting's retirement and bat at No. 4 in next week's first Test against Sri Lanka. Recalled Phillip Hughes is expected to bat at first drop in a re-jigged Australian top order for the Hobart Test, starting next Friday.

Karachi: Pakistan's national cricket selector Asif Baloch was critically injured after being attacked by armed men in the troubled province of Baluchistan. Baloch, a co-opted member of the national selection committee for the last few years who hails from Baluchistan, was attacked and shot several times by gunmen while on duty in the Panjgor area of the province on Wednesday.

Calcutta: Cricket Ireland became the first Member of the ICC to finalise a Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme (TAPP) agreement this week in Dubai, guaranteeing a significant increase in the performance support that will be provided through to 2015, an ICC media release said.