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Santantder (Spain), July 06, 2012
India and hosts Spain played out a vibrant 3-3 draw in the first hockey Test at the new facility at La Albericia in Santantder. Ranked 10th in the world, India Thursday trailed twice but bounced back well in a match that, with a bit more luck and pluck, it could have won against the team that is ranked fifth.

The Spanish goalkeeper Francisco Cortes made at least five brilliant saves in the final 10 minutes when India's improved fitness came into play. Cortes also saved penalty corner drag-flicks by VR Raghunath and Sandeep Singh to ensure that that his team shared honours with India.

Sindhu in U-19 final
New Delhi: PV Sindhu has entered the final of the Asian Youth under-19 badminton championship, beating Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand 21-19, 21-16 in the semis in Korea, on Friday.

Sindhu had finished runner-up last year when this event was held in Lucknow and now has another shot at the title. She will face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the summit clash.

Meanwhile, last year's bronze medalist Sameer Verma had to be satisfied with another bronze as he lost in the men's semis semis to Kento Momota of Japan 21-13, 18-21, 9-21

Olympic dreams over
New Delhi: India's middle-distance runners Sajeesh Joseph and Sinimole Paulose's dreams of qualifying for the London Games came crashing as they failed to achieve the qualifying mark at the Sollentuna Grand Prix in Stockholm.

Hamid mourned
New Delhi: Hockey India on Friday condoled the death of former player Abdul Hamid in his home-town of Jhansi.

Hamid, who was 66, was a member of the Indian team that won the silver medal in the Jakarta Asian Games in 1962.

Hamid, who was a winger, played much of his hockey in Calcutta Mohammedan Sporting, Mohun Bagan and Bengal Nagpur Railway.