India take control in Kolkata
CRICKET: VVS Laxman (143no) and Mahendra Dhoni (132no) put on an unbeaten stand of 259 to give India overwhelming control of the second Test against South Africa in Kolkata.

The pair helped India to 643-6 – 347 runs ahead of the Proteas, who were 6-0 in reply before bad light stopped play.

Trio joint top-weights for National
RACING: Albertas Run, Madison Du Berlais and Notre Pere are joint top-weights for the 2010 Grand National at Aintree after race handicaps were revealed yesterday.

The trio and will all carry 11st 10lb with Paul Nicholls’ Taranis next on the list on 11st 9lb and David Pipe’s Our Vic a pound lighter.

Sarries’ Nieto out for the season
RUGBY UNION: Saracens’ Premiership title hopes have suffered a blow after prop Carlos Nieto was ruled out for the rest of the season with serious ankle and calf damage sustained against Worcester at the weekend.