In brief: India stun Netherlands; 'Chess god' returns and more

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India stun Netherlands 4-3 in hockey

Captain Manpreet Singh's brace helped India beat home side Netherlands 4-3 on Sunday in a thrilling hockey encounter of the Robo Super Series, part of Indias tour of Europe. It was double goals by Manpreet in the 30th and 44th minutes of the match, Varun Kumar's 17th-minute goal and Harjeet Singh's 49th-minute strike that helped India beat the Dutch who had a great build-up to the series with a 7-1 win over Germany last week.

Golfer Lahiri drops to tied 68th at PGA Championship

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri struggled in the third and penultimate round as he carded five-over 76 to drop 25 places to be tied 68th in the PGA Championship at the Quail Hollow Club. Lahiri got off to a disastrous start on Saturday, getting a double-bogey on the par-four first hole. A bogey on the second hole made sure that the start ran further into trouble. He then played two par effort before making another bogey on the par-three sixth hole. The seventh hole, a birdie gave him slight reprieve as he added another birdie on the 10th hole. But two consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes derailed his late good work. The 30-year-old birdied the 15th hole before falling for another bogey in the next hole. He completed the round with two consecutive pa efforts to score 76 for the day. His three-day total stands at eight-over 221 (71-72-76) as he shared the 68th spot with three others.

Gujarat defeat Jaipur in PKL contest

Gujarat Fortunegiants registered their third victory on the trot in the home leg to defeat Jaipur Pinkpanthers 27-20 at Trasstadia Arena on Sunday to further firm their top spot in Zone A of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL). Home team raider Sachin (seven points), along with defenders Fazel Atrachali (four points), Abozar Mighani (four points) and Parvesh Bhainswal (three points) combined to produce an all-round show. For Jaipur, who are at the last spot in their zone, none of the players looked in form, with skipper Manjeet Chillar (three points) and Pawan Kumar (three points) scoring the most for their side.

Bayern, Dortmund win

Bayern Munich crushed Chemnitzer FC 5-0 while defending champions Borussia Dortmund thrashed Rielasingen-Arlen 4-0 in the first round of the German Cup. As expected, German record champions Bayern Munich booked their ticket for the second round as Robert Lewandowski provided a brace to ensure a smooth away win on Saturday evening. Lower league side Chemnitz defended deep from the kick off but they were hapless when Lewandowski unleashed a deflected free-kick to break the deadlock with 20 minutes played.

Paulinho to move from Barcelona to Guangzhou

Barcelona have struck a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande, according to media reports. The Catalan side agreed to meet Paulinho's 40 million-euro release clause after weeks of negotiations with the Chinese Super League club. It added that Guangzhou Evergrande's Brazilian coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, confirmed the transfer. The news of the deal comes less than two weeks after Paulinho's compatriot Neymar departed the Camp Nou in a world record 222 million euro ($262.41 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

'Chess god' Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirementon Monday to take on a new generation of players who have long worshiped him as the closest thing to a "chess god." Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian's absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned. So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River. Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire. From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement -- his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin —to play against some of chess's big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.

Sweden beat BiH in world basketball qualifier

Sweden beat Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) 88-72 in a European qualifier for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. The hosts played well for the first five minutes and built a 7-point lead, before Sweden came back to level 23-23 at the end of the first quarter on Saturday evening.

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