New Delhi will remain the venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, with officials saying they will work with India authorities to ensure a safe event.

Michael Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, disputed yesterday's media reports that the games might be moved to another country because of security concerns after last week's terrorist attacks in Mumbai killed at least 171 people.

"At no stage has there been discussion about us moving the games from Delhi, nor has any other city been approached to be on standby as has been intimated in some recent media reports," Fennell said in a statement.

Also yesterday, the England cricket team agreed to resume its tour of India if security recommendations are put in place.

The English Cricket Board said the team will fly to India early next week from Abu Dhabi. An England and Wales Cricket Board security expert assessed the upcoming venues at Chennai and Mohali.

Last week, the England team went home midway through the limited-overs series in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.

The World Squash Federation also announced the postponement of the World Doubles Championship scheduled for Chennai this month. Australia pulled out of the event citing security concerns.

New Delhi was chosen to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games after several previous failed bids, becoming only the second Asian city to be allocated the games that feature athletes from the former British Empire.


* Seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras played in England for the first time since 2002, beating John McEnroe, 6-3, 6-4, in a seniors match at the Royal Albert Hall. Sampras is 37, McEnroe is 49.

* Roger Federer will play only two clay-court tournaments before the French Open, the only Grand Slam tournament he has never won. Federer will head to Paris on May 24 after playing Masters series events on his least favorite surface in Rome and Madrid, according to a schedule published on his Web site.


* Michelle Wie took an important first step toward earning an LPGA Tour card by opening with a 3-under 69 in the 90-hole qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. It was her first competitive round since Sept. 19, when she advanced out of the first stage of Q-school in California.

* Seve Ballesteros was released from intensive care at a Madrid, Spain, hospital, a day after the five-time major winner had his fourth brain surgery to deal with a cancerous tumor.

Philly File

* Flyers Hall of Fame goalie Bernie Parent will be recognized with the Philadelphia Sports Living Legend Award at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association's 105th annual Award Dinner on Jan. 26. Others who will be honored include Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, accepting the 2008 Team of the Year Award for the Phillies, former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro (Humanitarian) and West Chester's record-setting wide receiver Mike Washington (Amateur Athlete).

Sport Stop

* Revised anti-doping guidelines call for athletes to provide authorities with a daily 1-hour window during which they must be available for testing or risk being penalized for missing a test. Under current guidelines, athletes fill out forms listing their whereabouts each day and can be tested at any time. Normally, a phone call from an anti-doping worker before the test is all that is needed to set up the test. *