Atwal, Chopra lie way behind at Houston Open
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.