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Posted at: Dec 7, 2018, 2:18 AM; last updated: Dec 7, 2018, 2:18 AM (IST)BRIEFLY

ISL: Mumbai City FC defeat Chennaiyin FC 2-0

Mumbai: Local boy Raynier Fernandes and Modou Sougou scored on either side of the break as Mumbai City FC defeated Chennaiyin FC 2-0 in their Indian Super League match here on Thursday. While 22-year-old Fernandes opened Mumbai's account in the 27th minute, Sougou doubled the lead in the 55th minute with a stunning header.  For Chennaiyin, their best chance came in the 32nd minute when Raphael Augusto beat his marker but his feeble attempt was saved and striker Carlos Salem couldn't capitalise on the rebound. With this win, Mumbai FC have raced to the second position in the points table. 

New Delhi
PKL: UP Yoddha edge out Haryana Steelers 30-29 
   

UP Yoddha produced a superb all-round display to eke out a thrilling 30-29 win over Haryana Steelers in their Pro Kabaddi League match here on Thursday. Shrikant Jadhav and Prahsant Rai scored 8 points each to lead Yoddha to victory. Monu Goyat scored 11 points but that wasn't enough to see Haryana Steelers into the playoffs. — Agencies

MOSCOW
Russian Olympic Committee appeals court doping decision

The Russian Olympic Committee appealed against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognise bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as the president of Russia’s bobsleigh federation, was stripped of his two gold medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics over doping. Yet a Moscow court last month refused to acknowledge a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that confirmed a doping violation against Zubkov. The judgment has no effect outside the country, leaving the CAS ruling intact. 

New Delhi
Pro Volleyball League auction on December 14

Olympics gold medallist David Lee will headline the first Pro Volleyball League draft and auction which will see participation from hundreds of Indian and international stars on December 14. The league will kick-start its first season in February 2019. For the auctions, a total of 117 Indian players have been put in four categories — icon players, Indian senior international players, domestic players and the U-21 players. The international players will be picked by the six franchises through a draft process. The international stars include  Canada’s Rudy Verhoeff, USA’s Paul Lotman and Carson Clark, Serbia’s Novika Bjelika and Turkey’s Tomislav Coskovic. The list of Indian icon players includes Akhin, Ukkra Pandian, Deepesh, Gurinder Singh, Vinit Kumar, Jerome Vinith and Prabhagaran S.

Madrid
Real  Madird humble Melilla 6-1 in Copa del Ray

Real Madrid trounced third division side Melilla 6-1 in a Copa del Rey round of 32 second leg, completing a 10-1 aggregate scoreline to ease into the last-16 of the competition. Madrid went into halftime with a three-goal lead after Marco Asensio scored twice in three minutes and debutant Javi Sanchez also got on the scoresheet late in the half. Spain midfielder Isco extended the advantage three minutes into the second half, scoring for the first time since September in his first start under new coach Santiago Solari.

Madrid
Argentine hooligan denied entry for River-Boca final

A member of Boca Juniors’ football hooligan gang was deported from Spain ahead of Sunday’s Copa Libertadores showdown against River Plate. Spanish police said “one of the most significant” hooligans, with a long criminal record, was spotted at Madrid’s international airport on Wednesday night ahead of the South American club final showdown between the Argentine archrivals. — Agencies

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