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Posted at: May 19, 2019, 7:17 AM; last updated: May 19, 2019, 7:18 AM (IST)BRIEFLY

Hockey girls to play 3-match series on S Korea

Bengaluru

The Indian women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal is expecting high-intensity action in the three-match series against hosts South Korea, starting in Jinchun from Monday. Rani had missed the previous series against Malaysia due to a shoulder injury along with dragflicker Gurjit Kaur, who had a hamstring issue. The team left for South Korea on Saturday morning and Rani said it will be a good opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming FIH Women’s Series Finals in Hiroshima. The Women’s Series Finals is scheduled to be held from June 15 to 23. 

New Delhi
Shuttlers eye glory at Sudirman Cup 

India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway tomorrow. The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D. India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma. India will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Monday before taking on the 10-time champions China the next day. 

Guwahati
Mary confident of doing well in India Open 

Gearing up for her first competitive bout in the new 51kg category, Mary Kom (in pic) said change was always good and she was feeling confident of doing well in the India Open, beginning here tomorrow. Mary Kom, who reached here on Saturday, trained at the Sports Authority of India Centre ahead of the five-day tournament to be held at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium. “Yes, of course, there are expectations from me. I have been training well and will give my 100 percent to make my country proud. A change is always good and I feel more confident in the 51kg after the last few months of rigorous training,” the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist in 48kg said. 

Shanghai
Lyles beats Coleman in 100m photo finish 

Noah Lyles launched himself from near the back of the field to beat fellow American Christian Coleman by just 0.006s and win the 100m at the Shanghai Diamond League. Lyles’s blistering 9.86s was the best time this year and a personal best, and lays down a marker ahead of the World Championships in the autumn and the Tokyo Olympics next summer. The 21-year-old ducked to the line with a glance to his left to Coleman. A photo finish confirmed Lyles had won. — Agencies

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