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Posted at: Jun 12, 2018, 12:57 AM; last updated: Jun 12, 2018, 12:57 AM (IST)BRIEFLY

Two boxers in final, Gaurav settles for bronze in Russia

New Delhi
Two Indian boxers advanced to the finals but Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) settled for the bronze after going down in the Last-4 stage of the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia. Bidhuri lost to Kazakhstan’s Siroshiddin Abdullayev in a split 2-3 decision. Advancing to the final were Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Virender Kumar (91kg). While Yadav out-punched local favourite Abdulla Nazhmudinov, Kumar got the better of Azerbaijan’s Gulguseyn Agazade to make the summit clashes scheduled for tomorrow. Saweety Boora (75kg) made the final but Shashi Chopra (57kg), Pinki Jangra (51kg) and Pavitra (60kg) lost their semifinal bouts.

New Delhi
Yuki knocked out of Libema Open

Yuki Bhambri crashed out of the ATP Libema Open following a straight set defeat at the hands of world No. 52 Daniil Medvedeav. Bhambri lost 4-6 1-6 to his Russian opponent in 64 minutes in his opening round at s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. 

CAPE TOWN
Dale Steyn returns in search of milestone

Fast bowler Dale Steyn has been recalled to South Africa’s test squad for the two-match tour of Sri Lanka next month, providing him with another opportunity to become his country’s most prolific wicket-taker in five-day cricket. Fellow seamer Kagiso Rabada has also been included after overcoming a back injury that left his participation in doubt. The 34-year-old Steyn, currently on a short-term contract with Hampshire having been plagued by injury over the last two-and-a-half years, is three wickets short of a milestone that has frustratingly eluded him in recent times.

New Delhi
Tendulkar wants more opportunities for minnows 

Scotland’s historic win over England has led to praise from Sachin Tendulkar, who has called for the sport’s second-tier teams to get more opportunities to prove themselves against top sides. “Cricket has all the ingredients to become a global game,” Tendulkar said on Twitter after Scotland’s shock win. “Teams with massive potential like Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland along with many others have to be given more opportunities to play against the more experienced teams. Best way to provide great exposure.” — Agencies

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