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  • Talented shuttlerLakshya Sen on Wednesday dished out a gritty performance against Poland's Michal Rogalski to advance to the semi-finals of the Bulgaria Open International Series at Sofia in Bulgaria.
  • Lakshya, who had reached the finals at Senior National Championship in February, defeated Michal 20-22, 21-18, 21-15 in a men's singles match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes.
  • The Uttarakhandshuttler, who turned 16 on 16 aug, will next take on Sri Lanka's DinukaKarunaratna in the semi-finals on17 aug.
  • The World Junior No. 1 shuttler was recently sent to train under former All England champion Peter Gade, who is currently the head coach of France.

  • Rafael Nadal was thrilled on 14 aug to learn he would return to world number one for the first time in three years but sorry it came because Roger Federer withdrew from this week's ATP Cincinnati Masters tournament.
  • Third-ranked Federer said he injured his back in Montreal, where he lost in 13aug final to Germany's Alexander Zverev in a key hardcourt tuneup for the US Open.
  • Federer, this year's Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, was the only player who could have denied second-ranked French Open champion Nadal the top spot in next week rankings.
  • "For me to be in that position is something very special," Nadal said. "I have the passion and love for the game. That's why I'm able to be back in that position again."
  • It's the first time Nadal has been number one since July of 2014.
  • The 31-year-old Spaniard, who won his 15th Grand Slam title this year at Roland Garros, will overtake Britain's top-ranked Andy Murray, who withdrew from Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury.
  • Nadal, who has spent 141 total weeks in the top spot, has struggled with knee injuries since first becoming world number one in August 2008 after a Cincinnati semi-final run. He admitted doubting he could ever regain the top spot after so many years.

  • Former world number one Maria Sharapova will make her first Grand Slam appearance in over 18 months after she was awarded a main-draw wildcard for the upcoming US Open, the tennis tournament's organisers confirmed on15 Aug.
  • The 30-year-old Russian, who returned from a 15-month doping ban earlier this year, was denied a wildcard at the French Open, then missed the grasscourt season, including Wimbledon, with a thigh injury.
  • Sharapova tested positive for the drug meldonium in 2016, which had been added to the banned substances list in January of that year.
  • The 2006 US Open champion and five-time Grand Slam winner claimed to have been unaware of the International Tennis Federation's rule change.
  • Sharapova's US Open preparations have been disrupted by an arm injury suffered during her first-round win over Jennifer Brady earlier this month.
  • The world number 148 was forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup and the ongoing Cincinnati Open as a precautionary measure before the final Grand Slam of the year.

  • India claimed their first ever 3-0 series win overseas, beating Sri Lanka in the third and the final Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele on 14Aug by an innings and 171 runs.
  • Indian bowlers did not take much time to wrap up Sri Lanka's second innings on day three and if it was not for skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews dogged resistance in the first session, India would have had the win much earlier.
  • Starting the day at 19 for 1, Sri Lanka lost three wickets by the time they could add 15 more runs and the writing seemed to be on the wall, until Chandimal and former skipper Mathews put on 65 runs for the fifth wicket, to allow the team to go in to lunch at 82 for 4, still trailing India's first innings score of 487 by 270 runs.
  • However, after the break, the departures of both the well set batsmen spell doom for the Sri Lankans and they folded for 181.
  • For Sri Lanka, it was a chance to go down fighting and that fighting spirit was shown well by both Chandimal and Mathews. May be the fact that they have little to do in terms of impact in the match helped them play without pressure. But in the end, that amounted for nothing.
  • Mohammad Shami once again set the tone with a probing spell early but it was his opening partner for the day, Ravichandran Ashwin who got the first breakthrough in the form of SL's highest run-getter in the series, DimuthKarunaratne. Karunaratne was undone by a flatter one that slid on; with the batsman edging to first slip AjinkyaRahane.

  • American Brittney Reese won a fourth world gold when she claimed victory in the women's long jump at the IAAF World Championships on11 Aug.
  • Reese, who previously won in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and was 2012 Olympic champion, managed a best of 7.02 metres
  • Russian Darya Klishina, competing as a neutral with her country's federation banned by the IAAF over doping, claimed silver with 7.00m.
  • Reese's teammate Tianna Bartoletta, defending world champion, held off Serbia's Ivana Spanovic, for bronze (6.97).