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Sports Shorts: Paes-Raja reach quarters, Sharan out

November 09, 2017 12:37 IST

Leander Paes

IMAGE: Leander Paes and Purav Raja celebrate a point. Photograph: Purav Raja/Twitter

Top seeded Indian team of Leander Paes and Purav Raja moved to the quarter-finals of the Knoxville Challenger but in-form Divij Sharan was ousted from the Bratislava event with his partner.

 

Paes and Raja, who are yet to win a title together since joining forces, advanced with a 6-2, 6-4 win over American team of Kevin King and Bradley Klahn in just 55 minutes.

They next face British team of Liam Broady and Marcus Willis, who advanced when their opponents -- Darian King and Michael Mmoh -- retired midway into the contest due to a knee issue with Mmoh.

Sharan and his Russian partner Mikhail Elgin bowed out of the $ 75000 event following a 4-7, 7-6(4), 4-10 defeat against Sander Arends and Antonio Sancic in the last-eight pair stage.

Sharan will now compete in two home events – KPIT Challenger in Pune and the Bangaore Open.

Cannavaro returns as Guangzhou head coach

Fabio Cannavaro has been tasked with building an all-Chinese team that can maintain Guangzhou Evergrande's domestic dominance after being appointed their new head coach on Thursday.

The Italian was handed a five-year deal at the same club that fired him in 2015 and replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who left following the completion of his contract having guided Evergrande to the last three league titles and the 2015 Asian Champions League crown.

Cannavaro had a seven-month stint at Guangzhou when he took over from Marcello Lippi in late 2014, only to be fired in June the following year and replaced by Scolari.

"I'm very honoured and happy to be back here," Cannavaro said at a news conference.

"Before leaving here last time I had said that I would come back one day.

"Fortunately I have gathered some very good experience in the Chinese leagues since then and I am so happy to be back.

"Evergrande's plan for the upcoming years excites me very much and strongly motivates me to work with club. We will need to bring as many Chinese talents through as possible while keeping winning as always."

The 44-year-old World Cup-winning defender rebuilt his coaching career with a stint at Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia before returning to China to steer Tianjin Quanjian to the second division title in 2016.

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