SNAP­SHOTS

At­wal, Cho­pra lie way be­hind at Hous­ton Open

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

Hum­ble (US): In­dian golfer Ar­jun At­wal, who has missed the cut in both his starts this sea­son, will need a solid sec­ond round to hang around for week­end ac­tion at the Hous­ton Open here. At­wal shot one-over 73 and was tied-98th af­ter the open­ing round, while In­dia-born Swede Daniel Cho­pra (72) was tied-84th. In his only start of the sea­son at San­der­son Farms, Cho­pra made the cut and fin­ished T-68. Austin Cook and Talor Gooch shot 8-un­der-par 64s to take the lead af­ter the first round.

Nike shuts down Ore­gon Project af­ter Salazar ban:

Nike said on Fri­day it was shut­ting down its Ore­gon Project dis­tancerun­ning group that has pro­duced a host of world and Olympic gold medals af­ter top coach Al­berto Salazar was banned for four years for dop­ing. Salazar founded the Port­land-based elite train­ing group with fund­ing from Nike to chal­lenge the stran­gle­hold of Kenyan and Ethiopian run­ners at the elite level.

Prag­gnanand­haa wins penul­ti­mate round, poised to take U-18 Open ti­tle:

In­dia were well-placed to pocket a few medals in the World Youth Chess Cham­pi­onship on Fri­day, with GM R Prag­gnanand­haa all but likely to lead the charge with a gold medal. WIM Van­tika Agrawal (Un­der-18 girls), Can­di­date Master Aronyak Ghosh (Un­der-16 Open) and LR Sri­hari (Un­der-14 Open) were in a good po­si­tion and can eye a sil­ver medal each at the end of the penul­ti­mate round. The first two can hope to con­vert it into a gold if they win their last games and the other matches go their way.

Kothari en­ters World Bil­liards fi­nal:

De­fend­ing cham­pion Sourav Kothari on Fri­day con­tin­ued his spec­tac­u­lar show to out­per­form mul­ti­ple-time world cham­pion Mike Rus­sell of Eng­land in the semi­fi­nal and book his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive World Bil­liards (long-up) fi­nal. Such was Kothari’s dom­i­nance in the game that with 45 min­utes re­main­ing on the clock in the four-hour semi­fi­nal, Rus­sell con­ceded the match ap­par­ently due to not hav­ing enough time re­main­ing for him to over­come the huge deficit of nearly 600 points. In the end, Kothari pre­vailed 1090-594 with breaks of 205, 195, 175, 128 and 103, whereas Rus­sell made breaks of 247, 131 and 121.

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