Ganguly, Laxman in Indian cricket team for South Africa tests

Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of selectors announced the Indian team for the three test match series against South Africa : Virender Sehwag, Wasim Jaffer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman (vice-capt), Rahul Dravid (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, VRV Singh, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh. Click for Test schedule

From the current ODI squad, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Mongia and Ajit Agarkar have not been selected

India v South Africa 4th ODI at Port Elizabeth

South Africa: 243/8; HH Gibbs 93*, JH Kallis 49, SM Pollock 37; A Kumble 2/42, V Sehwag 1/22, S Sreesanth 1/29
India 38/3 (9 overs); IK Pathan 47*, MS Dhoni 26,V Sehwag 18; JM Kemp 3/21, SM Pollock 2/23, M Ntini 2/34

South Africa won by 80 runs, HH Gibbs Man of the Match. Click for Scoreboard

Asian Games, Doha, Qatar

Howard Harding, Media Manager, WSF: After a short break to celebrate her successful defence of the World Open Squash Championship title in Belfast on Sunday, Malaysian Nicol David must set her sights on reclaiming a major title she does not hold, at the Asian Games in Qatar in December. David and compatriot Mohd Azlan Iskandar have been named as top squash seeds in the sport’s third appearance in the quadrennial Asian Games, in Doha from 10-14 December. Read more of this post

James Bond meets his match

The dancing penguins of Happy Feet have held off Casino Royale at the North American box office for the second weekend in a row.  Its  stayed at number one, taking $37.9m (£19.6m), compared to $31m (£16m) for the Bond movie. Happy Feet has now earned $100m (£52m) in a fortnight, compared to the 007 movie which has generated $94.2m (£48.6m) in North American cinemas and $224m (£115m) worldwide.

Valentino Rossi wins Monza Rally

Valentino Rossi scored his first win on four wheels at the Monza Rally. Rossi has ambitions to further his rally experience, and may switch to Rallying after he has finished with MotoGP bikes.

Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro European Footballer of the Year

2006 Ballon d’or Results
1. Fabio Cannavaro (Real)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
3. Thierry Henry (Arsenal)
4. Ronaldinho (Barcelona)
5. Zinedine Zidane (retired)

Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid out of One Day series

Skipper  Rahul Dravid has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series due to a finger fracture. Virender Sehwag will lead the side in the remaining two one day matches. 

Women’s World Open, Finals

[1] Nicol David (Mas) bt [4] Natalie Grinham (Aus) 1/9, 9/7, 3/9, 9/5, 9/2 (98m)

South Africa v India 3rd ODI at Cape Town

South Africa 274/7 (50 ov) JM Kemp 100*, AJ Hall 56*, HH Gibbs 35; Z Khan 3/42, AB Agarkar 1/71, IK Pathan 1/60

FOW: 1-0 (Smith, 0.2 ov), 2-0 (Kallis, 0.4 ov), 3-38 (Bosman, 10.4 ov), 4-42 (Gibbs, 11.6 ov), 5-71 (Boucher, 18.5 ov), 6-76 (de Villiers, 19.2 ov), 7-136 (Pollock, 35.5 ov)

India 168 (41.3 ov) R Dravid 63, MS Dhoni 55, KD Karthik 14; SM Pollock 4/26, AJ Hall 3/45,  JH Kallis 2/29

South Africa won by 106 runs, Man of the Match Justin Kemp . Current Match

Warid Pakistan Open, Islamabad Finals

[2] Thierry Lincou (Fra) bt [5] Gregory Gaultier (Fra) 11/8, 6/11, 11/5, 11/5 (53m)