Short Sport, September 17, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 September, 2012, 2:02am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 September, 2012, 3:22am

Indian doubles players suspended over row

India’s tennis association has handed doubles specialists Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna a two-year Davis Cup suspension for their refusal to partner Leander Paes in this year’s London Olympics. The trio figured in an ugly row ahead of the Olympics that forced the All India Tennis Association  (AITA) to change their original decision to field Paes and Bhupathi as a pair. Paes eventually partnered rookie Vishnu Vardhan while India had a second pair in Bhupathi and Bopanna but none returned with a medal from London. “It is ... decided not to consider Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna for selection to play for India until June 30, 2014,” AITA’s  Bharat Oza said. Reuters


Hernandez keeps IBF belt with win over Ross

Cuba’s world champion cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez has defended his IBF belt with a unanimous points victory over Canada’s Troy Ross  in Bamberg, Germany. The 27-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba but now lives in Germany, was awarded the fight 114-113, 115-112, 116-112 by the three judges against his challenger Ross, who is 10 years his senior. This was Hernandez’s second defence of the world title he won last year against Steve Cunningham of the US. It was the third defeat of Ross’s career. The victory leaves Hernandez, who boxes out of the Sauerland stable, with a record of 27 wins, 13 knock-outs and a single defeat against Guyana’s Wayne Braithwaite  in 2008. AFP


Yankees lead again with win over Rays

The New York Yankees regained the lead in Major League Baseball’s American League East division with a 5-3 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees (82-63) moved half a game clear of Baltimore (81-63), with the Orioles losing 5-3 to the Athletics. The Yankees opened up a 4-0 lead through five innings after Curtis Granderson  hit his 39th homer of the season and Eduardo Nunez his first. Evan Longoria  homered as the Rays scored three runs over the sixth and seventh but third baseman Alex Rodriguez drove in Robinson Cano  in the eighth to give the Pinstripes an insurance run. The Rays have lost four of their last five games. Reuters