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India put up strong fight in 2-3 loss to Nz

Pukekohe (New Zealand): Indian women's hockey team fought till the final hooter but went down 2-3 to New Zealand in the third game of the five-match series. The hosts are now 3-0 up in the series. After suffering a 2-8 loss in their previous game, the Indian women came out strongly on Wednesday. They looked a dangerous unit, putting up a structured performance with good attack, strong long drives, cross field passes, which put the hosts on the backfoot and constantly kept them in the hunt. The two teams will play their fourth match on May 19.

 

Harikrishna posts first win in Moscow

Moscow: Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna registered his first win at the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix after getting the better of English GM Michael Adams here at the DI Telegraph. The Hyderabadi, playing with white pieces, choose the aggressive route from the word go and the Englishman could not do much and wilted under the pressure to concede the game. "A few inaccurate moves in the initial stage of the game by Adams, put me in a good position. From there on, I gradually improved my position and won," Harikrishna said. With this win, the World No 16 Indian has now maintained his unbeaten run against Adams this year.

 

Manav, Preyesh win silver in Bangkok

New Delhi: Unseeded Japanese Fumiya Igarashi defeated third seed Manav Thakkar of India to emerge winner in the junior boys singles final of the 2017 Thailand Junior and Cadet Open, an ITTF Golden Series Junior Circuit event, in Bangkok. India also had to satisfy with a silver medal in the Hopes Boys when Preyesh Suresh Raj went down to Iran's Amir Mohammad Samadi 2-3 in a tough final. The Japanese beat the Indian 11-8, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11- 5. Like Manav, second seed Preyesh Suresh Raj of India had to be content with the silver medal when he went down to top- seeded Samadi in the hopes singles final.

               

U-17 WC tickets sold out in Kolkata

Kolkata: Football crazy fans of Kolkata have once again lived up to their reputation as tickets of FIFA U- 17 World Cup matches, to be held at the Salt Lake stadium here, were "sold out" in less than 12 hours. In the first phase after its launch, the venue package tickets for Kolkata were kept at throwaway prices for the 10 matches including the summit clash on October 28. It was a limited inventory that was open for sale and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) would put up more on sale in phase one in case it gets sold out, FIFA U-17 WC tournament director Javier Ceppi had said.

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