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Below follow the main events in the Russian sports world in the last 24 hours at 3.p.m. GMT March 13.

* Russian Nikolai Krasnikov won the title at the Ice Speedway World Championship in Saransk, capital of Russia's Mordovia Republic. Krasnikov's teammates Yunir Bazeyev and Mikhail Bogdanov took the silver and the bronze, respectively

* Four Russians advanced into the women's singles fourth round at the $2,100,000 Pacific Life Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, USA:

- World No. 5 Maria Sharapova beat Lisa Raymond from the United States, 6:4, 6:0

- Elena Dementieva, world No. 7, beat Sania Mirza from India, 5:7, 6:4, 6:4

- Anastasiya Myskina, world No. 12, beat Marta Domachowska from Poland, 7:5, 6:3

- Anna Chakvetadze, world No. 36, beat compatriot Maria Kirilenko, currently 22nd in the WTA singles rankings, 3:6, 6:2, 6:3

* Two Russians advanced into the men's singles fourth round at the $2,100,000 Pacific Life Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, USA:

- Former world No.1 Marat Safin, recently recovered from a long knee injury, beat world No. 5 and compatriot Nikolai Davidenko, 7:6, 3:6, 6:4.

- Igor Andreyev fought hard and defended nine match points to make it into the fourth round by defeating Robin Soderling from Sweden, 3:6, 7:6 (16:14), 6:4

* Russian player Pyotr Svidler finished fifth with 6.5 points at the 380,000-euro ($450,000) chess super-tournament in Linares (Spain). Levon Aronyan from Armenia won the tournament with 8.5 points, edging Bulgaria's defending FIDE world champion Veselin Topalov by 0.5 points

* Russian Cup 2005/2006 soccer 1/8-final second leg results (host teams listed first):

Dinamo Moscow - Krylya Sovetov Samara - 2-0 (2-2 on aggregate, Dinamo won on penalties, 3-1);

Saturn Ramenskoye - Amkar Perm

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