|Saturday, January 22, 2000,
brilliant knock goes in vain
Sachin overtakes Haynes
|3 bookies held for cricket betting
LUDHIANA, Jan 21 With the arrest of three bookies betting on the India-Pakistan cricket match being held in Australia today, the police has succeeded in unearthing a racket involved in betting on cricket matches.
Anand draws third game
WIJK ANN ZEE (Holland), Jan 21 Indias Viswanathan Anand drew his third successive game but remained joint second as strong contenders Gary Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik moved further ahead with wins in the fifth round of the Corus Super Grandmasters Chess Tournament here.
Dempo, ITI play 1-1 draw
MARGAO, Jan 21 A spirited Dempo Sports Club (Goa) today squandered a few winning opportunities and had to be content with a 1-1 draw with Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Bangalore and shared points in the fourth edition of the National Football League match played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here today.
Jadeja ordered out of squad
Tendulkars brilliant knock goes in vain
HOBART, Jan 21 (PTI) Indias spineless batting rendered skipper Sachin Tendulkars gallant knock meaningless as they crashed to a 32-run defeat against Pakistan for their fourth straight reverse in the one-day Triangular Cricket Series tie here today.
After allowing Pakistan to get away with a late charge that saw them pile up 262 for seven in 50 overs, Indian middle and lower order batting once again put up a pathetic show as they were bowled out for 230 in 46.5 overs at the Bellerive Oval.
Tendulkar shook off his poor form as he cracked a racy 93 off only 103 deliveries in a fluent 99-run opening stand with Saurav Ganguly (46 off 56 balls) as he led the tough chase from the front after India were docked two overs for slow over rate to leave them only 48 overs to get their runs from.
But the rest of the batsmen simply crumbled as India hurtled to defeat from a sound 111 for one in 21 overs.
Indias fourth defeat from as many matches left them on the verge of elimination from a spot in the best of three finals, their only chance now left in Australia beating Pakistan at Melbourne on January 23 and India winning all their remaining four matches and then make it on better run quotient than their arch-rivals. The hosts have already sealed a final berth with four wins (8 points).
Young Pakistan all rounder Abdur Razzaq set up his teams third win as he smashed an unbeaten 70 off 50 balls and then captured 5/48 from 10 overs to emerge man of the match.
Indian hopes for victory were rendered tough once Pakistan recovered from 171 for five in 40 overs to set an asking rate of 5.64 per over, but Tendulkar and Ganguly set the early pace to keep their team on course for the vital win. But Razzaq claimed Ganguly, Laxman (7) and then claimed the all-important wicket of Tendulkar, bowling him for the second successive time just seven runs short of his 25th one-day century.
Akram trapped Rahul Dravid (15) leg before cheaply, but India were still in with a fighting chance to pull it off from 177 for four. However, the last seven batsmen could manage only a paltry 50 runs with Jacob Martins 16 being the best.
Debasish Mohanty, included in the side for the first time claimed opener Shahid Afridi (12) cheaply, but Saeed Anwar (43) and Ijaz Ahmed (67) produced a 60-run second wicket stand and Yousuf Youhana (45 - 52 b, 3x4) gave middle order solidity.
Anwar was twice reprieved off Mohantys bowling, Laxman at slips dropping a straightforward chance in his very first over and the bowler not holding on to a caught and bowled chance.
Razzaq (70 n.o - 50 b, 5 x 4, 2 x 6) and Youhana piled up 67 runs off only 56 deliveries in the final assault. Razzaq raced to his second 50 of the series in only 36 balls and smashed a four and six off Mohanty in the 48th over.
The paceman proved the most expensive, finishing with two for 76 while leg spinner Anil Kumble came up with a superb effort by claiming 25 for one in his full quota.
Pakistans task was made easier at the end as an apparent miscalculation by Tendulkar saw him left with no other go than share the last two overs with Ganguly. Prasad returned 2 for 41 and Ganguly (2/43) also took a brace.
Tendulkars valiant effort today lifted him to all-time second highest in one-day aggregate runs. His 8,690 runs stand second only behind former skipper Mohd Azharuddins record total of 9,111.
India technically are still in the race, but given their performance on the tour, nine defeats out of 11 games, there seems little hope for them.
Tendulkar dominated the opening stand of 99 with Ganguly and despite three of the top batsmen, looked in prime touch till Razzaq bowled him with a beauty.
Tendulkar flayed the Pakistan attack in early overs and in Shoaib Akhtars fifth over struck three fours, a pull, a straight drive and a cover drive. He also twice flicked and cover drove Akram and Razzaq for fours to raise his 50 off only 51 balls with eight fours.
Ganguly too looked in sublime touch and a few cover drives against Akram raised hopes of a big score. But he mistimed a flick off a deceptively quick Razzaq to be caught in the covers and when the same bowler claimed VVS Laxman caught behind, India were suddenly two down for 111.
Dravids inability to rotate the strike suddenly saw Pakistan recover and Akram, coming back for his second spell, ended Dravids 31-ball stay and when Tendulkar went, India had lost the early initiative.
The confusion in field placements and wasting time with Tendulkar coming in to advise bowlers every now and then played havoc with Indias over-rate folly which had a telling effect on the game.
Anwar c Dighe b Ganguly 43
Afridi c Tendulkar b Mohanty 12
Ahmed b Prasad 67
Inzamamul Haq c Dighe b Ganguly 6
Youhana c Mohanty b Kumble 45
Khan c Dighe b Prasad 0
Razzaq not out 70
Akram c Dighe b Mohanty 2
Younis not out 3
Extras (b-3, lb-3, w-5, nb-3) 14
Total (for 7 wkts in 50 overs) 262
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-82, 3-96, 4-156, 5-156, 6-223, 7-243
Bowling: Srinath 10-0-55-0, Mohanty 10-0-76-2, Prasad 10-0-41-2, Kumble 10-2-25-1, Sourav Ganguly 8-0-43-2, Robin Singh 1-0-10-0, Tendulkar 1-0-6-0.
Tendulkar b Razzaq 93
Ganguly c Afridi b Razzaq 43
Laxman c Moin b Razzaq 7
Dravid lbw b Akram 15
Martin run out 16
Robin Singh c and b Akhtar 2
Dighe not out 11
Kumble b Razzaq 14
Srinath b Razzaq 2
Prasad lbw b Akram 5
Mohanty b Akram 0
Extras (lb-5, nb-4, w-13) 22
Total (all out in 46.5 overs) 230
Fall of wickets: 1-99, 2-111, 3-156, 4-177, 5-193, 6-194, 7-219, 8-221, 9-230
Team lacks confidence
HOBART, Jan 21 (PTI) Dejected skipper Sachin Tendulkar today said the Indian cricket team lacked confidence, rather than quality, that has left his side without a single win thus far on the Australian tour.
I think it is self-belief which this team is lacking, Tendulkar told reporters after India crashed to a 32-run loss against Pakistan in a one-day tri-series tie here today to be tottering on the brink of elimination from the tournament.
Coming down heavily on the teams sloppy fielding and bowling in the final stages that enabled Pakistan hoist a big total, Tendulkar said: We didnt bowl well at all. We gave close to 100 runs in the last 10 overs which is a bit too much. We gave it to number six and eight, he said in obvious reference to Abdur Razzaq, who smashed 70 not out in 50 balls. On Indian fielding, Tendulkar said: A captain does not have to tell the players to stand 10 yards inside the line. It just requires commonsense.
When you stand just five yards inside on these long boundaries, you really cant save two runs. You got to be standing 10 yards inside, he said, adding that was one of the reasons India were docked two overs for not completing their quota of 50 overs within the stipulated time.
The beleaguered Indian captain, whose splendid 93 went in vain as the middle and lower order messed up an achievable chase, lamented the absence of quality players lower down the order. We need some cricketers to chip in. Even all-rounders must pull in their weight, he said.
Tendulkar said: You just have to look at Pakistan. In the first game, their number eight and nine got 40 important runs.
He admitted that losing such close matches, after letting Pakistan get away with a last ball victory at Adelaide, does take its toll on him as a captain.
I mean as a captain, when you are not winning it is very hard and tough. But one has to go through it and overcome it, he added.
Despite Indias fourth consecutive defeat which has virtually eliminated them - barring India winning all their four remaining league ties by big margins and Australia beating Pakistan on January 23 - he put up a brave front.
Remember the World Cup. When we lost to South Africa and Zimbabwe, it was said we were out. But then we won against Kenya, Sri Lanka and England. So I am still hopeful. The tour is not yet over, he said.
Rival skipper Wasim Akram sympathised with Tendulkars plight. I feel sorry for him. It is very tough for him, he said and suggested that India could do better if they had one good batsman other than Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly who was capable to scoring as well as rotating the strike.
On Man of the Match, Abdur Razzaq, who followed upon his unbeaten 70 by capturing five for 48, Akram said the player was good enough to play for the next 10 to 12 years.
As a player he is very easy to handle. He doesnt mind if you send him at number three or six. As a bowler, he bowls within limits, he seams the ball. His line and length is more consistent than any other bowler in Pakistan, he said.
Anand draws third game
WIJK ANN ZEE (Holland), Jan 21 (PTI) Indias Viswanathan Anand drew his third successive game but remained joint second as strong contenders Gary Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik moved further ahead with wins in the fifth round of the Corus Super Grandmasters Chess Tournament here.
Anand, the world number two, was held by Judit Polgar of Hungary and was lying second with three points in the company of Hungarian Peter Leko and overnight joint leader Jeroen Piket, who lost to Bosnian Predrag Nikolic (2.5).
World No. 1 Kasparov and his Russian compatriot Kramnik were leading the table with four points from five games while five players - Nigel Short, Viktor Korchnoi, Michael Adams, Alexander Morozevich and Jan Timman were joint third with 2.5 points each at the end of the fifth round last evening.
Pitted against worlds best women player, Anand played the Sicilian classical in the king pawn opening with black pieces. Polgar, who is yet to taste success in this category 18 tournament, opted for the Richer-Rauzer attack, which is also Anands main weapon, with white pieces and the players rushed through with the first few moves.
On the 14th move, Polgar played e5 after which the queens and a pair of bishops got traded. The players signed the peace treaty after 27 moved upon repetition of moves.
Kasparov played a neat game to outclass country-mate Morozevich in a Slav Defence game with white pieces while Kramnik defeated Sambat Lputian (0.5).
Morozevich played a theoretical novelty on the 11th move by moving his king knight pawn but Kasparov, who had probably analysed the move in preparation, played the next move instantly and slowly started grinding his opponent.
Morozevich lost a pawn in the middlegame and never recovered as Kasparov secured a full point in 45 moves.
Kramnik was lucky to beat Armenias Lputian in a Queens Gambit Declined game with white pieces. Lputian equalised comfortably and then capitalised on whites weak queenside pawns to exert pressure and Kramnik had to part with two pieces for a rook for an elusive counterplay.
However, in time scramble, Lputian blundered a piece and the rest was a matter of routine for world number three Kramnik, who clinched the issue without much ado.
Nikolic outplayed Jeroen
Piket of the Netherlands in a Queens Gambit Accepted
game. Briton Adams accounted for another Dutchman Leok
van Wely (1) in 61 moves of an English opening game while
his compatriot Nigel Short held veteran Viktor Korchnoi.
Sachin overtakes Haynes
NEW DELHI, Jan 21 (PTI) Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, with his stupendous knock of 93 against Pakistan today, became the second highest run-getter in one-day internationals.
Tendulkar, who now has an aggregate of 8690 runs from 233 matches at an average of 42.59, is only 420 runs behind his predecessor Mohd Azharuddin who heads the table with 9110 runs from 323 matches, according to statistician Pervez Qaiser.
Dempo, ITI play 1-1 draw
MARGAO, Jan 21 (UNI) A spirited Dempo Sports Club (Goa) today squandered a few winning opportunites and had to be content with a 1-1 draw with Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) Bangalore and shared points in the fourth edition of the National Football League match played at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, here today.
ITI fired the first salvo in the 47th minute through striker Jorge Ekha, while Remus Gomes restored parity for Dempo in the 61st.
With this, ITI moved a place up to eighth spot with 10 points from nine outings having won two matches, secured four draws and suffered three defeats. Dempo, on the other hand, is placed at the bottom of the list at 11th position with five points in an equal number of matches drawn and with four defeats. Thus, BSF has been pushed to last position with four points.
Dempo went into attack right from the word go, as their midfield controlled play well, but their strikers lacked ideas. It turned out to be a tale of missed chances for Dempo in the barren first session in which they had a clear edge. The first serious move from the Goan side came in the very second minute of the first session when striker Remus Gomes shot was deflected after it hit defender Murali Dharan on a goal line and went to Kanan Priolkar. But his try sailed over the crossbar.
In the 16th minute, Kanan Priolkar failed again, as his shot went straight into the hands of waiting ITI goalie Balaji, off a pass from Gomes.
After a barren first
half, ITI played with renewed vigour and drew first blood
in the 47th through striker Jorge Ekha off a pass.
Shocked by their debacle, Dempo attacked in waves and
restored parity through Gomes in the 61st. The goal was
the result of a combined move between Mathew DCosta
and Kanan Priolkar, who took the shot from the top of the
box. Mario Pereira headed towards remus, who made no
mistakes to equalise 1-1.
3 bookies held for cricket betting
LUDHIANA, Jan 21 With the arrest of three bookies betting on the India-Pakistan cricket match being held in Australia today, the police has succeeded in unearthing a racket involved in betting on cricket matches.
A police team led by Inspector Maninder Bedi, in charge, CIA headquarters, raided the house of two brothers Sanjeev Kumar and Neeraj Kumar at Shastri Nagar and of Harpal Singh Mintu at Harnam Nagar, after a police informer had placed a bet with a bookie and confirmed the place from where the bookies were operating. The three were arrested while they were at the job talking to the kingpin on a cellular phone.
The police said the racket was controlled from Delhi and was run through a network of mobile telephone as it offered secrecy and assured identification of the caller. The kingpin of the racket decides one team as the favourite and odds for the favourite team are quoted from Delhi. Bets are placed as the match progresses and any development in favour of the stronger team leads to lowering of odds while the adverse results lead the odds against the team., the police said.
The todays match began with the odds at 43-46 in favour of Pakistan. Anybody betting Rs 10,000 in favour of Pakistan stood to gain additional Rs 4300 in case Pakistan won or lose his money if Pakistan lost.
The bookies are also alleged to have hired accountants to maintain accounts of the series of bets. The police also recovered chits and incriminating documents from the house.
Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Singh said the todays police crackdown on such elements is the first of its kind. It has revealed to us the identity of several other bookies in Ludhiana and Delhi. The names of a number of regular customers are also being drawn from the chits seized and will be called for questioning.
The SSP said stricter
laws were needed to curb this menace as under the
existing Gambling Act, accused could get away with paying
a meagre fine or simple imprisonment and it being a
bailable offence was not taken seriously by offenders.
Xu-Jun lifts crown
UDAIPUR, Jan 21 (UNI) Chinese grandmaster Xu-Jun won the second individual Asian Chess Championship that concluded here today.
In the womens section, Vietnamese WGM Hong-Thang Trang become the 8th Asian womens champion. In the mens section, the Chinese GMs captured the top three positions at the Ghasghar of city palace here.
In the mens section, Dao Thien Hai (GM from Vietnam) (7.5) was remarkably held by Indias IM Abhijit Kunthe (6) in a Nimzo Indian game in only 33 moves. Abhijit claimed the photo-jeanic position on board and second imported half-a-point.
A chance to become Indias fourth GM for K. Shashikaran (7) went in vain when he forced to a draw against P. Harikrishna (6) of India in a tarash defence game in 47 moves for getting his third GM norm as well as title. Shashikaran had to win this 11th round game but unfortunately he had time-trouble and only managed a draw. In another important game Indias R.B. Ramesh (6.5) registered a win against teammate S.S. Ganguly (5.5) in sicilian defence in 65 moves.
After the end of the second final round of the mens section, the final position of players is as follows:
Xu-Jun (China) 8.5; Zhang Zhang (China) 8.0 (2495); Peng Xiomin (China) 8.0 (2489); Dao Thien Hai (Vietnam) 7.5; K. Shashikaran (India) 7.0; R.B. Ramesh (India) 6.5; Wang Zilly (China) 6.0; Abhijit Kunthey (India) 6.0; Vahidev Tair (Tzk) 6.0; Praveen Thipsey (India) 6.0.
In the womens section Vietnamese WGM Hong Thanj Trang (9) beat Indias Tania Sachdev (6.0) in a hard-fought Kings Indian defence game and clinched the title. She became the 8th Asian womens chess champion.
In a hard-fought kairokain game, Bhagyashree Thipsey (6) only managed to draw against Tzks Sargeeva Mariya (7) in 75 moves. Second seed Chinese WGM Wangpin (7.5) outplayed Safira Shahnaz (Ind) in a queen pawn game in 53 moves. Indias Vijaylaxmi beat Xu-Yuanyuan (5) in only 30 moves. The final position of 8th Women Asian chess championship is as follows:-
Hong Thang Trang (Vietnam) 9.0; Qin Kanying (China) 8.5; Mamodeva Renna (Uzb) 7.5; Wang Pin (China) 7.5; Sargeeva Maria (Tzk) 7.0; S. Vijaylaxmi (India) 7.0.
Jadeja ordered out of squad
BARODA, Jan 21 (PTI) Ajay Jadeja, who guided North Zone to an emphatic win over West Zone at Rajkot last Wednesday, will miss the match against East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy at the IPCL ground here tomorrow.
Jadeja has been ordered out of the squad by a message from zonal selection committee convenor Sunil Dev to the team manager Suresh Luthra and his absence will rob the squad of a quality player.
Jadeja, who was not in the original North line-up as he is reportedly not registered with any state unit affiliated to the cricket board, had turned up on the eve of their lung-opener against West at Rajkot and was included by the team management.
Luthras last-minute decision to include Jadeja was taken following a direction from national selector Madan Lal, also the North Zone selection committee chairman.
He went on to do the star turn by cracking a run-a-ball 91 and was also involved in running out Wests batting mainstays Vinod Kambli and Amol Muzumdar.
Jeev rallies superbly, tied at 26th place
JOHANNESBURG, Jan 21 (PTI) Top Indian professional Jeev Milkha Singh rallied brilliantly with a hat-trick of birdies to finish with a fine two-under 70 on the opening day of the $1million South African Open golf tournament.
The 28-year-old Indian, who was one over at the turn, pulled back three strokes in the return journey to be tied for the 26th position with 11 others, including Englishman Anthony Wall, last weeks winner on the PGA European Tour, at the redesigned par-72 Randpark Club course here.
Jeev, who started from the 10th tee, made a birdie on the par-5 12th, but went one-over at the halfway stage with bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes and regulation pars.
Still one-under at the 14th, the Chandigarh-based Jeev, the only Indian on the prestigious European PGA tour, made three birdies in a row starting from the par-36th - the longest hole on the course with a distance of 533 yards.
South African Wallie Coetsee shot a course-record 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Englishmen Greg Owen, Paul Eales and compatriot Des Terblanche.
Coetsee, the son of a potato farmer, birdied six of the seven holes from No 8 to 14th to take early lead on the course that has been lengthened to 7,513-yards.
Nine players, including local star Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Nico van Rosenburg were placed two shots behind.
Maha Singh wins gold
SALEM, Jan 21 (PTI) Punjab Maha Singh bagged the gold in the boys U-20 long jump while Susmita Singaroy of West Bengal set a new national mark in the girls u-16 high jump event in the first session on the third day of the 15th Inter-State Junior Athletic Championship here today.
Singh leaped to a distance of 7.05 m. H.S. Basavaraj of Karnataka took the silver at 6.86 m, while Pritesh Vyash of Madhya Pradesh claimed the bronze.
But Timal Nadus S. Saravanan, who had cleared 7.29m in the recent state championship at Kumbakonam, ended the hosts hopes of a medal as he failed in the first three attempts to crash out of contention.
In other events in the senior age category in the boys section, Vijay Gahlot of Uttar Pradesh took gold in the 20-km walk S.K. Samser of West Bengal earned second gold for his team winning the 400m with a timing of 48:79s. Gahlot clocked one hour 37 min 26 secs (1:37.26s), while Manbir of Haryana took the silver. In the girls U-20 section, Hena Das of Orissa heaved the discus to a distance of 39.69 m to land the gold, while Bhanupriya of Tamil Nadu claimed silver. Parbati Sethy of Orrisa took bronze.
The lone national mark of the forenoon session came when Singaroy cleared 1.64 m in her very first try to erase the old mark of 1.61 m, which stood jointly in her name and Lucy Deshmukh of West Bengal since 1998.
But Singaroy could not claim sole ownership for the record as Tamil Nadus M. Sangeetha also cleared the same height in her third try to equal the just set new mark. However, she could only bag the silver as Singaroy had lesser number of fouls.
In the boys U-18
section, K.S. Ashok claimed the sixth gold for Karnataka,
winning the 5000 m with a timing of 15:43.22 secs, while
Amritpal Singh (Punjab) won the discus throw with a
distance of 50.34 m. Ajay Singh (Raj) bagged gold in 400
Working of Sports Department
KURUKSHETRA, Jan 21 Sher Singh, president and coach of the Sports Club, Kheri Ram Nagar, Kurukshetra, has expressed deep concern, over the state of affairs of the Haryana Sports Department.
Sher Singh, who is also the president of District Volleyball Association, Kurukshetra, and a former player, said there was anger, resentment and disappointment among the promising players of Haryana due to carelessness, inefficiency and selfishness of some officials of the Sports Department, Haryana, which deprived the deserving players to take part in the National Rural Festival.
He said the National Rural Festival was held at Calcutta from January 12 to 15 and a team of Haryana girls (under-16) was selected. The state championship in this group had not been conducted by the Sports Department despite repeated requests. Trials were ordered to be conducted at Sonepat on October 7 last year. A letter concerning the trials was sent to every District Sports Officer.
He alleged that the
letter concerned was received by the District Sports
Officer, Kurukshetra, on January 10, where as the trials
were scheduled to be held on January 7 and the team had
already left for Calcutta on January 10.
Tyson in no hurry
LONDON, Jan 21 (AP) Mike Tyson says he wants all three world heavyweight boxing title belts back. Unlike the first time around, hes in no big hurry to get them.
Having lost to Evander Holyfield and then see Lennox Lewis clean up all three belts to become the undisputed champion, Tyson is kickstarting his comeback against underalded British champion Julius Francis in Manchester on January 29.
But the man who beat Trevor Berbick, James Bonecrusher Smith and Tony Tucker in the space of nine months to collect the WBC, WBA and IBF titles back in 1986-87 accepts he may have to take a longer route back.
All praise be to God eventually Ill get those belts back, said the former champion who added to his personal jewellery collection yesterday by buying an emerald cut diamond bracelet and a diamond watch with a combined value of £ 1 million.
Thats my prime goal right now. Im not gonna be a horse just trying to run up in there. Ive seen it through the history of boxing. You have to respect this sport, respect yourself, respect your opponent because if you dont, youre going to be catatonic.
An impressive performance against Francis (21-7) should set up a more lucrative fight in the summer and put Tyson back on track towards a title fight possible late in the year or early next year.
Tyson says hes in no rush and is thankful that he still has the chance to do it.
Not too many people can come back from what I went through, he said. I want to fight emotionally.
No ones ever put me down because no ones better than me and Im not better than anyone either. And Im always going to be a man and demand respect from every man.
I dont want no one to like me or love me but I need them to have to respect me. Tysons training session was undisturbed by womens rights demonstrators, who burst into the hotel only to be turned away by security staff.
20 teams for National Winter
MANALI, Jan 21 Solang Nallah, a paradise for adventure lovers, is all set with its snow-laded slopes to host the 2nd National Winter Games from February 4 to 10. As many as 20 teams from all over India are expected to participate in the skiing competitions to be organised at Solang ski slopes, 13 km from here. It was disclosed by Capt Randhir Singh Salhuria, Deputy Director, Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, at a meeting convened to take stock of the preparations being made by the mountaineering institute for the winter games. Mr Ashwani Kapoor, Deputy Commissioner, Kulu and the chairman of the executive committee, presided over the meeting.
Capt Salhuria said that nearly 500 skiers are taking part in the alpine skiing (slalom, giant slalom-men), slalom, giant slalom (women) and nordic skiing (15 km free style (men), 4x10 km relay (men). He said that a sum of Rs 7 lakh had been spent on the development of ski slopes and sum of Rs 2.5 lakh had been spent on the repairs of the 325-metre-long ski lift by replacing the existing old ski lift.
He revealed that the
skiers would be provided board and lodging facilities at
the mountaineerings institute hostel. The representatives
of various government officials and non-government
organisations were present at the meeting.
Sampras, Philippoussis advance
MELBOURNE, Jan 21 (AFP) An out-of-sorts Pete Sampras edged closer to a Australian Open tennis tournament semi-final showdown with Andre Agassi today but made a meal of his third round match with qualifier Wayne Black.
Anna Kournikova and Mary Pierce, on the other hand, gobbled up their rivals with relative ease. Also safely into fourth round on womens side are No. 9 Julie Halard-Decugis and comeback queens Jennifer Capriati and Patty Schnyder.
Sampras, the No.3 seed who beat Black 6-7 (9/11), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, will play Czech Slava Dosedel who took care of Argentinas Franco Squillari 7-5, 6-2, 6-3. They were joined in the round of 16 by American Chris Woodruff, Australian big-hitter Mark Philippoussis and Briton Tim Henman.
Sampras game, with the roof closed on a rainy day, was far from perfect and he had to fight back from two sets down in an error-ridden match.
The 12-time grand slam winner and two-time Australian Open champion was completely off key in the first two sets, missing volleys and misjudging cross-court shots, making more winners than South African Black but accumulating an astonishing 32 unforced errors.
His serving was also poor, but he lifted in the third, cutting down the errors to six and breaking black, who finished last year ranked 148, in eighth game.
The American, who has won all eight five-setters hes played in Melbourne, then ground down the Zimbabwean with a big serve in the fourth and kept up the pressure in the fifth to win in two hours 48 minutes.
Big-serving Aussie Philippoussis blasted his way into the last 16 with a straight sets win over his countryman Andrew Ilie.
Philippoussis slammed 18 aces past a bemused Ilie as he raced to a convincing 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 victory in 95 minutes.
Serving at speeds up to 221 kmh (138 mph), the fastest by any player in the tournament to date, Philippoussis never once faced break point on his own service and just picked his moments to attack Ilie.
He broke his Davis Cup teammate early in the first set and was content to ride his own serve through to take the set in 32 minutes.
Neither player was able to get a break opportunity in the second set with Philippoussis winning the ensuing tiebreak.
With Anna Kournikova cheering him on from the stands, a pumped-up Philippoussis sealed a comfortable victory.
He is due to meet Andre Agassi in the fourth round as long as the world number one beat Argentine Mariano Zabaleta.
World number two Lindsay Davenport continued her breezy run at the Australian Open, effortlessly pushing aside Russian qualifier Alina Jidkova 6-0, 6-1 in a lopsided centre court match.
The Wimbledon champion rarely got out of first gear as she overpowered the nervous Russian from the baseline, forcing her into fundamental mistakes.
Jidkova only managed to avoid the embarrassment of a whitewash when she finally held serve late in the second set only to drop the next three in a row anyway and bow out after 45 minutes.
A tanned Kournikova easily dispatched Kveta Hrdlickova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 after a first set hiccup for a probable next round encounter with Lindsay Davenport.
But the media were more interested in rumours that shes romantically linked with Mark Philippoussis.
Well, were just friends. I know him from Florida. Ive known him for a very long time, she said, but would not deny romance was involved.
The pair were allegedly spotted kissing passionately in a car park underneath centre court and the teen queen sat in the crowd watching the Scud demolish compartiot Andrew Ille 6-4, 7-6, 6-1 for a probable Agassi meeting in the next round.
Pierce looked comfortable in her 6-2, 6-4 win over Miriam Oremans and will next play Ai Sugiyama of Japan. Schnyder, on come-back trail after personal problems last year, found it more difficult against Russias Nadejda Petrova, being taken to three sets before romping home 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.
Another woman on her way back, Jennifer Capriati, eased into a fourth round encounter with Schnyder by beating chinese wildcard Yi Jing-Qian 6-4, 6-4, but had trouble with the windy conditions.
Halard-Decugis, in her 11th appearance here, beat Russian Elena Dementeiva 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and plays Canadian qualifier Sonya Jeyaseelan or German qualifier Jana Kandarr, who has saved nine match points so far, in the next round.
Ludhiana, Jalandhar win
SANGRUR, Jan 21 Ludhiana and Jalandhar won the boys and girls team titles, respectively, in the Punjab State Junior Inter-district Badminton Championships which concluded here. In the boys section Sangrur and Patiala and in the girls section Sangrur and Ludhiana were declared joint third. Anirudh Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, gave away the prizes.
Boys (final): Ludhiana b Jalandhar 2-1; Dilpreet lost to Karandeep-11-15, 14-17 Dilpreet, Iqbal, b Harandeep, Rohit-15-9, 15-10; Iqbal Singh b Rohit Kapur - 15-5, 15-4.
Jalandhar, Ropar in final
JALANDHAR, Jan 21 Exhibitting excellent ball control, host Jalandhar thrashed Moga 7-0 in the semifinal of the Punjab Junior Hockey Championship here. Ropar recorded a 3-0 victory over Amritsar in other semifinal. The final of the championship will be held tomorrow.
In the first semifinal of the fourthday Ropar defeated Amritsar by 3-0. Ropar played with a substance and style. Their forwards moved in unison to raid the rival citadel on numerous occasions. For Ropar the first goal was scored by Budh Nath in the 20th minute, who made the full use of the penalty corners rebound. Ropar wasted two penaltycorners in the first half whereas Amritsar wasted one penalty corner in the 27th minute of the game. The score was 1-0 in favour of Ropar till the half time. In the opening minutes of the second half both the teams displayed defencive game. Right out Mandeep Singh increased the goal lead for Ropar in the 52nd minute. For Ropar centre forward Raj Pal Singh scored the third and final goal for their side in the 69th minute to complete the scoresheet 3-0 in favour of Ropar.
In the second semifinal
match of the day Jalandhar outplayed Moga by 7-0.
Jalandhar lads were leading by 4-0 at half time.
Jalandhar had an upper hand against their rivals in the
match right from the start. For Jalandhar opening goal of
the match was scored by full back Amarjit Singh in the
third minute who converted the penalty corner. Jalandhar
left out Paviteer Jit Singh increased the lead for their
side in the 22nd minute. Centre forward Major Singh in
27th minute scored the third goal. Centre half Jograj
Singh in 31st minute sounded the board with an angular
hit and made it 4-0 in favour of Jalandhar.
Punjab to take part in u-21 nationals
CHANDIGARH, Jan 21 (TNS) The Punjab (under-21) football team, who won the North Zone (under-21) Football Championship at Mandi earlier this month, will now paticipate in the All-India Inter-Zonal (under-21) Football Championship being held at Gumlah (Bihar) from January 26 to February 4.
According to Prof Sital Singh, team manager at the Mandi meet, Punjab defeated Delhi 1-0 in the final in the north zone championship to qualify for the national meet. The goal was scored by Charanjit Singh.
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