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Subroto Cup football tournament
Shillong: The office of the District Sports Officer, East Jaintia Hills District will be organising  Subroto Cup football tournament on the second week of May for both boys(U-14 and U-17 categories) and girls (U-17 category). Participants are requested to contact the office of district sports office, East Jaintia Hills during office hours, for forms and other details.Jitu Rai wins bronze at ISSF WC Changwon (Korea): Celebrated Indian shooter Jitu Rai shot his way to a bronze medal in the men’s 10-metre air pistol event at the ongoing ISSF Shooting World Cup here on Sunday. An Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, Jitu aggregated a total of 181.1 points to finish third on the podium, missing out on the gold medal shoot-out by 0.4 points. Jin Jongoh of Korea won the yellow metal with a score of 206.0 beating Naung Ye Tun of Myanmar (201.0) in the gold medal shoot-out. In the men’s 50-metre rifle prone event, Chain Singh missed out on a medal finishing sixth after qualifying for the finals. He tallied 123.6. Jitu was the first Indian shooter to earn a quota place for next year’s Rio Olympics when he bagged a silver medal in the World Championships in Granada, Spain last September. (PTI)
United offer Van Persie 5 million pounds to leave club
Manchester: English football team Manchester United will offer its star striker Robin van Persie five million pounds to quit the club at the end of the current season. The 31-year-old moved to Manchester United back in 2012 when the Dutchman was bought for 24 million pounds from Arsenal, reports The Mail on Sunday. He is currently under contract at United until June 2016, but rumours have been rife of late that the club wants to sell the forward at the end of the season. It’s been a tough year for van Persie, who has not played since the February 21 due to an ankle injury. In total this campaign, Van Persie has scored 10 English Premier League goals in 24 appearances. Van Persie is now thought to be surplus to requirements at the club and they want to get his 200,000 pound-a-week contract off their books for the next season. United officials are understood to be willing to pay the remaining half of a 10 million pound loyalty bonus, agreed when he signed from Arsenal in 2012, to free up wages for another striker. Italian clubs Juventus, Inter Milan and Lazio are all potential suitors for van Persie this summer. (IANS)
Benaud family declines state funeral offer
Sydney: The family of the late former Australian cricket captain and legendary cricket commentator Richie Benaud has declined Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s proposal for a state funeral. Benaud’s widow Daphne informed the prime minister’s office on Saturday to “kindly decline” the offer. Benaud, 84, died on Thursday. His family has arranged for a private funeral attended only by his immediate family, bbc.co reported. The commentator himself had wished for “something very, very quiet and very, very private”, Abbott was quoted as saying by bbc.com on Sunday. “I thought it was important that as a mark of the respect that we have long had for him that we should offer a state funeral,” he added. “But my understanding is that Richie’s own wishes were for something very, very quiet, and something very, very private.” Benaud played in 63 Tests, captaining 28 of them, before retiring in 1964 to pursue a highly-successful career in journalism and broadcasting. (IANS)
KKR spinner Cariappa makes uneventful IPL debut
Kolkata: Making his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) most extravagant buy this season, spinner K.C. Cariappa failed to live up to the buzz surrounding him as the title holders went down to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by three wickets at the Eden Gardens here. Although he took the prized wicket of South African AB de Villiers, Cariappa bowled only two overs on Saturday conceding 28 runs. There had been a lot of hype surrounding the Bengaluru off-spinner ever since the Knights bought him for Rs.2.4 crore despite the fact that he is yet to feature in a first-class or List-A game.  (IANS)

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