Derrick Pereira elected AWES president

PANAJI: Former India international and current Technical Director of FC Goa, Derrick Pereira, has been unanimously elected as the new president of the Association for the Wellbeing of Elder Sportspersons (AWES). The elections, which was initially postponed in March 2020, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, was held on 12th September 2020 at the BPS Club in Margao. Derrick takes over the organisation from former Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado who served as President for two terms from 2017-2020. Salgaocar FC General Secretary, Adlear D’Cruz and Ashley Furtado, have been elected as the Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Ex-Indian cricketer Raoji Patil no more

MUMBAI: Former India player Sadashiv Raoji Patil, who represented the country in one Test match, died at his residence in Kolhapur on Tuesday. He was 86 and is survived by wife and two daughters. «He died in his sleep in the wee hours on Tuesday at his residence in Ruikar Colony in Kolhapur,» Ramesh Kadam, a former office bearer of Kolhapur District Cricket Association, told PTI. Patil, who was a pace bowling all-rounder,  played a Test match against New Zealand in 1955. He didn›t get any more chance to play for the country. Patil played 36 First Class matches for Maharashtra from 1952-1964, scoring 866 runs and taking 83 wickets.

Andy Murray gets wild card for Roland Garros

PARIS: Former world number one Andy Murray has received a wild card entry into the French Open which is slated to begin from September 27. Last month, Murray was also given a wild card for the US Open where he reached the second round in his first Grand Slam after hip surgery last year. He had registered 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 come-from-behind victory against 49th-ranked Japan›s Yoshihito Nishioka before losing to 15th seed Canadian Felix Auger-Allassime. Along with Murray, seven other players have been given a free pass into the main draw of the clay Grand Slam. The 33-year-old last appeared at the Roland Garros three years ago when he lost to Stan Wawrinka in a marathon five-set last-four encounter.

Smith’s return for 3rd ODI remains uncertain

LONDON: Australia batsman Steve Smith is recovering from his head injury but is no certainty to be recalled for the one-day series decider against England, coach Justin Langer said on Tuesday. Smith missed the first two matches after being hit on the head by a ball in the nets last week and is expected to have his fitness assessed during a training session later in the day. The decider is at Old Trafford on Wednesday. “He is definitely tracking in the right direction and we are hopeful he will be right for (Wednesday),” Langer told reporters in a video call.