|Sunday, March 5, 2000,
crashes to 2nd defeat
Kambli prop up Mumbai
wins ATP meet title
players shun hockey camp
|Osama threat to Sydney Olympics
SYDNEY, March 4 Australian intelligence and security agencies have identified groups linked to international terrorist Osama bin Laden as posing the biggest potential threat to the Sydney Olympics.
WBA may strip Lewis of
varsity retain hockey title
sets pole vault record
suspension for nandrolone: FIFA
wrestling meet from March 11
pile up 281 for 5
kabaddi from March 24
Kallis, Klusener flay Indian attack
BANGALORE, March 4 (PTI) South Africa flayed the hapless Indian attack without mercy to amass a match-winning first innings lead of 314 by reaching 472 for 8 wickets as the hosts stared at defeat in the second cricket Test with two days left after virtually conceding their first home Test series in 13 years.
The consistent Jacques Kallis (95) and allrounder Lance Klusener (97) capped South Africas total domination with a 164-run fifth wicket partnership before the demoralised Indian bowlers found some quick successes by claiming four wickets for the addition of 35 runs in the final session.
Leg spinner Anil Kumble captured five wickets for 136 after toiling virtually alone for two days while left-arm spinner Murali Kartik (2/123) and paceman Javagal Srinath (1/53) finally struck after the Proteas were 409 for 4 at tea.
But the effort seemed to have come too late as South Africa, already 1-0 in the two-match series, can aim to declare the innings early tomorrow and apply pressure on the listless host batsmen to carve out a fine victory.
Kumble dismissed Daryll Cullinan (53) in the morning to raise a semblance of a fightback, but Kallis and Klusener ground the bowling to dust and consolidated superbly.
Kumble denied Kallis his seventh Test hundred by ending his knock after a marathon stay of well over seven hours to break the fifth wicket stand and Kartik sent back Klusener and Shaun Pollock (1) with Srinath bowling rival captain Hansie Cronje as the last four wickets fell in quick succession.
South Africa, overnight 254 for three wickets, added 90 runs in the morning for the loss of Cullinan, who was caught by the agile Wasim Jaffer at forward shortleg after making a valuable 53 in an 85-run third wicket stand with Kallis.
But Kallis, who once again displayed his admirable temperament to wear out Indian spinners on the slow pitch, along with the promoted Klusener dominated the bowling as India went without any further success till the final session.
Kallis, the 25-year-old Western Province batsman, looked all set for a century but Kumble snapped him up for his 50th victim against South Africa. Kallis stayed at the wicket for 432 minutes, facing 359 balls and hit seven fours and a six.
Klusener, coming in at the fall of Cullinan (53 - 148m, 86b, 5x4, 1x6), began attacking straightaway and sent off-spinner Nikhil Chopra for two fours in the very first over he faced.
The 28-year-old Natal player nicknamed Zulu top-scored with 97, but also returned disappointed at failing to reach his third Test hundred as Kartik had him caught by Tendulkar. Kluseners 251-minute innings (169 balls) was laced with five fours and a six.
The 164-run stand for the fifth wicket was the highest partnership by South Africa against India.
South Africa completely dominated the first two sessions but the run flow slowed down in the final hour as wickets fell in quick succession. Cronje was castled by Srinath for 12 after an hours vigil and Pollock also went cheaply.
Kumble, who ploughed a lone furrow, sent down 67 overs to return five for 136.
India (first innings): 158
South Africa (first innings):
G Kirster c W Jaffer b
Extras: (b-24, lb-3, nb-4) 31
Total (for 8 wkts, 189 overs) 472.
Fall of wickets: 1/10, 2/171, 3/186, 4/271, 5/435, 6/441, 7/449, 8/468.
Anand crashes to 2nd defeat
LINARES, March 4 (UNI) Viswanathan Anand crashed to his second defeat in a row and slumped to the very bottom of the table, while his conqueror, Garry Kasparov, who was in devastating form, rose to sole lead after four rounds in the Linares 2000 Chess Super GM Tournament here.
The defeat may have well put paid to any chances Anand may have had of winning this super tournament, while Kasparov, who had been in sparkling form in classical chess for the last season and a half, continued to show why he is the best in the world.
Meanwhile, Anand, with two defeats in a row with white pieces, is surely at his lowest. He will need to pull himself with a super effort and that must begin immediately with his fifth round game against Alexander Khalifman, who is the lowest rated player and more than 100 ELO points below Anand who is rated at 2769.
In another match, Peter Leko, in danger of losing his fourth round game to Vladimir Kramnik, pulled through for a fine draw to stay in the hunt. In the third game, Alexi Shirov and Alexander Khalifman drew in a short 21- move game.
At the end of the fourth round of the 10-round, six-player tournament, Garry Kasparov leads the worlds strongest field with three points, while Kramnik is half a point behind. Peter Leko and Alexi Shirov have two points each, while Khalifman with three draws in four rounds is fifth and Anand with just two draws in four games, bring up the rear with one point.
In a very strong display, Kasparov demolished Anand in only 32 moves on the black side of a Sicilian defence. It was a Najdorf variation, something which has figured quite often in clashes between the two. Anand, with white had some space advantage early, but Kasparov with his 16th move, seemed to have neutralised and achieved equality. At the same time he had a plan to attack white which was subdued.
At move 18, Kasparov
with his arc 8 seemed to be gaining some edge and when
Anand played the 19. Ncl, it seemed that Kasparov was
clearly better. The champion realised it and his body
language, always aggressive in such situations, showed
Harbhajan wrecks Bihar
SAS NAGAR, March 4 The track had a green look. It was not exactly sunny either. Punjab were playing three seamers. After winning the toss the hosts put Bihar in to bat first to exploit the early conditions.
Bihar batsmen, contrary to the expectations, showed dour defence and exemplary application and at one stage put the team into a position which was threatening enough to send jitters among the Punjab camp. Opener Javed Khan and Rajiv Kumar were going strong as Bihar were 150 for the loss of two wickets nearly half an hour after the tea break.
The match, so crucial for the hosts to keep their chances for the knock-out stage alive, certainly looked to be drifting away. The sight of clouds gathering overhead must also have been a cause for worry for the hosts.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who had been impressive and claimed the wicket of Amir Hashmi early on, emerged Punjabs saviour. Striking repeatedly he claimed four more wickets to complete a well-deserved five-wicket haul his fourth in 16th Ranji Trophy match to enable his team stage a comeback.
And by the time umpires called off the days play when the sprightly-built bowler consumed M S Doni, his fifth victim, Punjab were in a relatively comfortable situation having pushed Bihar to the backfoot at 197 for six on the opening day of the four-day Ranji Trophy Super League match at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here today.
Bihar batsmen, nevertheless, deserve credit for refusing to be overawed by the conditions. Nikhlesh Ranjan and Javed Khan, both openers, batted with a great deal of courage and conviction. Though subdued they succeeded in providing a good platform making 77 runs in the first-wicket partnership before Ranjan was trapped lbw by seamer Gagandeep Singh when he was playing at 39.
Amir Hashmi , the next batsman, looked in good nick, and scored 34-ball 22, studded with four boundaries before being foxed by Harbhajan to give a return catch to the bowler.
Javed batted solidly until he fell to Harbhajan after making 60. It was the loss of this wicket which opened the floodgates as from a solid position of 150 for two the visitors plummeted to 197 for six to the guiles of former India bowler. Rajiv Kumar was not afraid to play his shots and was unbeaten on 43 at close. His knock included nine fours.
Among the Punjab bowlers Harbhajan undoubtedly was the best bowler, Reetinder looked to be getting into the groove towards the closing stages of the game while Sandeep bowled an ordinary spell and was guilty of bowling four wides.
Surprisingly, Sarandeep Singh, who recently was part of the zonal team and emerged a key bowler during the Ranji Trophy league phase, was given to bowl just two overs, both of which were maiden.
Bihar (1st innings): N. Ranjan lbw Gagandeep 39, Javed Khan c Ravneet Ricky b Harbhajan 60, Amir Hashmi c & b Harbhajan 22, Rajiv Nayyar batting 43, Sunil Kumar lbw Harbhajan 5, Manish Kumar b Harbhajan 5, M.S. Doni c Mongia b Harbhajan 13, Extras: ( nb 5, w 4, lb 6) 15, Total ( for six wickets in 89.2 overs) 197.
Fall of wickets : 1-77, 2-121, 3-150, 4-161, 5-161, 6-197.
Ramesh advised rest
BANGALORE, March 4 (PTI) The controversy over selection of an unfit Sadagopan Ramesh in the Indian team for the ongoing second cricket Test against South Africa deepened with the opener leaving here for Chennai today after being medically advised rest for another three weeks.
The 24-year-old Ramesh, who looked a certainty for the Test but had to be left out at the last minute after it was discovered he had not fully recovered from a thumb fracture despite submitting a fitness certificate, was examined by top city orthopaedician Dr Thomas Chandy today, a cricket official here said, but Ramesh wasnt available for comments.
Ramesh, who was taken to the city hospital by team physio Andrew Leipus, was examined and found not to have recovered.
His left thumb fracture, suffered on December 29 during the fourth days play in the second Test against Australia when he was struck by a Brett Lee delivery, has been described as intro articular fracture base of the distal phalanyx.
Two pins were inserted to fix the fracture and Dr Chandy has advised him to undergo intense physiotherapy to reach around 80 per cent of movement.
Ramesh, who reached home midway through the Australian tour, was not selected for the Mumbai first Test (Feb 24 to 28) and board secretary Jaywant Lele announced on February 20 that the played has been advised rest for a few more days.
But the thumb remained stiff after a plaster cast for seven weeks and the fitness certificate produced by the batsman was not correct, the sources said.
The inclusion of Ramesh in the 14-member squad for the Bangalore Test and his exclusion after it was discovered he was not fit has raised a storm, coming as the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the Indian cricket team.
The Mumbai Cricket Association had yesterday criticised the cricket board (BCCI) over the Ramesh issue and demanded that BCCI punish players guilty of producing fitness certificates that were not genuine.
The MCA joint vice-president Ratnakar Shetty had called upon the board to set up a team of doctors to certify whenever a player seeks to return after an injury layoff.
As Ramesh was included in place of VVS Laxman, who opened in Mumbai where India lost by four wickets and was omitted after he failed miserably, India were forced to open with Rahul Dravid in the first innings and were eventually shot out for 158 in the first innings on the opening day.
The Ramesh episode comes close on the heels of the drama surrounding Ajay Jadejas shoulder injury when he was selected for the Australian tour last November and then had to be omitted Hrishikesh Kanitkar went as replacement after it was discovered he was not fit.
Muzumdar, Kambli prop up Mumbai
MUMBAI, March 4 (UNI) Half centuries by Amol Muzumdar and Vinod Kambli propped up the Mumbai innings as they ended the first day at 280 for five in their four-day group A super league match against Rajasthan being played at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
Mumbai would have ended the first day in a much better position had it not been for the run out of Amol Muzumdar which signalled the end of the days play.
Mumbai first innings: Sameer Dighe c R Jhalani b D P Singh 32 A Pagnis c R Jhalani b S Sharma 47 J Paranjpe c R Jhalani b P Krishnakumar 03 A Muzumdar run out 63 V Kambli c Saket Bhatia b D P Singh 59 S Manjrekar batting 34
Extras: 42 (8 b, 4 lb, 3 w, 27 nb).
Total: 280 for five in 89.4 overs and 397 minutes .
Fall of wickets: 1-101, 2-106, 3-127, 4-229, 5-280.
Bowling: Samshor Singh 15-2-53-0P Krishnakumar 14-2-42-1 S Sharma 18-2-63-1 Anshu Jain 5.4-3-7-0 D P Singh 19-2-38-2 Rahul Kanvat 15-1-58-0 Jaikumar Sharma 3-1-7-0.
Paes wins ATP meet title
MUMBAI, March 4 (PTI) Indian Davis Cup star and top seed Leander Paes won the mens singles title in the $ 50,000 prize money ATP Tennis Challenger Tournament when his opponent Dennis Van Scheppingen of the Netherlands conceded the match due to injury here today.
The Indian star was leading 7-6 (7-2), 3-2 when his opponent and qualifier conceded the match due to back pain. Scheppingen had taken time out for medical treatment just after the first game of the second set.
There was no doubt that the Indian meant business in the final. He served and volleyed magnificently and looked in fine touch from the start of the match.
Paes, ranked 133rd in the world, was cheered by the Mumbai crowd to the hilt. The games went with serves till six-all.
In the tie-break, the Indian really looked pumped up and served superbly he took a 3-1 lead and then increased it to 5-1 after his opponent double faulted. He went on to win the tie-breaker 7-2.
CALCUTTA, March 4 (UNI) Calcutta giants Mohun Bagan today took the drivers seat bulldozing giant killers JCT of Phagwara 3-1 in their crucial second leg encounter of the fourth National Football League at Salt Lake Stadium here.
The green and maroon band took the lead through a penalty in the 20th minute by Igor and R.P. Singh gave the second goal in the first half itself. The third goal came in through Basudev Mondal in the 18th minute of the second half.
Hardip Gill reduced the margin for JCT in the 75th minute of the play.
With this win, 1998 league champions Bagan have secured 41 points from 19 matches and JCT Phagwara, now out of the title run, collected 30 points, from 19 matches.
Bagan have to play three more matches SBT in the away match, and two home matches against East Bengal and Tollygunge Agragami.
The first goal was a gift to the winners as a move by Nigerian striker Stephen Abarowei in the danger area resulted in a penalty. Uzbek striker Igor Shkvirin, who took the shot defeated JCT keeper Baljit Singh on his left.
The second goal for Mohun Bagan was scored by medio R.P. Singh in the 31st minute of play. Receiving a pass from Amitabh Chandra, Singh sent a left footer beating Baljit hands down.
After the second half Mohun Bagan, desperate to win the title for the second time, started attacking and scored through Basudev Mondal.
Basudevs powerful punch, after receiving a pass from Igor, went into the nets after a deflection from the keeper.
JCT who have a reputation of being giant killers, bounced back and reduced the margin in the 30th minute of the second half.
Hardip Gill, after getting a pass from substitute Jaswant Singh, scored beautifully defeating Sandip Nandy completely.
JCT missed the services of Probjot Singh, who is nursing an injury and Daljit Singh, who was booked twice in the last match against Salgaocar.
Mohun Bagan coach Subrato Bhattacharya said after the match: Now we will go all out to regain the league title.
JCT in the fist leg had defeated Mohun Bagan 2-1 in Ludhiana. They had a chance to score in the first half, but the post prevented it. A powerful shot from 35 years by Hardip Saini after beating Nandy hit the cross piece.
Another chance came soon, but Rampal failed to utilise the opportunity.
ITI hold East Bengal
BANGALORE: A lucky goal in the 85th minute helped Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) to hold formidable East Bengal of Calcutta to a one-all draw and split points in the National Football League here this evening.
Needing at least two victories to remain among the top 10 and avoid relegation, ITI went all out and played a shade better than the Calcutta team, whose players are not fully fit. But the local challengers were guilty of wasting at least four clear chances and had to be content with one point to take their tally to 14 from 19 matches. East Bengal have 25 points from the same number of encounters.
East Bengal, who were keen on earning full points from this match to improve their standing in the 12-team league, shot into the lead in the 19th minute through a goal from Dipankar Roy from a pass off Brazilian Oseias L Ferreira. Though ITI tried to score the efforts were in vain. However, the equaliser came with five minutes left for the long whistle.
BSF shock Dempo
MARGAO (PTI): Bottom placed Dempo received a setback when they went down by a solitary goal to first timers Border Security Force (BSF) in the National Football League between two woodenspooners here today.
BSF, who were on the receiving end for major part of the match, scored the all important goal in the 83rd minute when Harbinder Singh, who received a pass inside the box from substitute D S Negi, unleashed a firm shot that beat keeper Vikrant Sharma.
Dempo, who dominated the match in both the sessions, have themselves to blame as they squandered the chances that came their way.
With this win, BSF remained at 11th place with 12 points from 19 matches, while Dempo were at the bottom with nine points from 18 matches.
Key players shun hockey camp
PATIALA, March 4 The non-participation of the countrys five key players in the ongoing national camp in preparation for the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament to be held at Milton Kenynes (UK) from March 24 to April 2 has seriously jeopardised Indias chances to qualify for the Sydney Olympics.
The training-cum-preparatory camp is being held at NIS here from January 23.
The top five players, all from the Railways and who were members of the silver medal winning Bangkok Asian Games squad, and members of the Asia Cup held in New Delhi last December, are midfielder Neha Singh, inside forward Manjinder Kaur, ace striker Pritam Thakran, defender Sandeep Kaur and midfielder Sita Gossain who holds the distinction of being the only Asian women to have been selected in the world XI team which recently played a match against FIH Presidents XI at Alexandria (Egypt). In fact, barring Neha Singh, the rest have captained the country in various international meets.
All the five players were conspicuous by their absence during the three-day trials held by the Indian Women Hockey Federation (IWHF) to select the Milton Keynes squad. The trials were held at the NIS from February 18 to 20, in which barring the IWHF President Mrs Vidya Stokes, all the other selectors, including the honorary secretary of the IWHF Mrs Amrit Bose, were present. Now the IWHF has announced another set of trials from March 6 to 8.
Osama threat to Sydney Olympics
SYDNEY, March 4 (AFP) Australian intelligence and security agencies have identified groups linked to international terrorist Osama bin Laden as posing the biggest potential threat to the Sydney Olympics.
A day after the government said thousands of elite troops had spent 18 months training for terrorist attacks, the Melbourne Age newspaper said bin Laden had connections, and possibly beneficiaries, throughout Australia.
Quoting intelligence sources, the paper said bin Ladens links had been traced across Southeast Asia to Australia with the cooperation of international agencies.
officials stressed a terrorist attack was low
risk, the sources said there had been some
alarm that his tentacles had taken hold
in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines and
WBA may strip Lewis of title
NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) The World Boxing Association (WBA) will hold a meeting on Monday to decide whether to strip undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis of its version of the title.
The WBA, according to one of Lewis lawyers, says Lewis must fight its number-one contender Johnny Ruiz as a WBA mandatory defence before fighting Michael Grant as scheduled in April.
Lewis won the undisputed championship last November when he outpointed Evander Holyfield in a rematch of their highly-controversial draw of a year earlier.
Pat English, a lawyer representing Lewis US promoter Main Events, said Friday he will strongly object to the WBAs position at Mondays meeting in Philadelphia.
Mr English said Main Events had been told before Lewis-Holyfield II that their second fight would be considered a mandatory bout by all three of the chief sanctioning groups the WBA, World Boxing Council (WBC) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Usually a champion has 12 months to defend his title against the number-one contender, unless an agreement is reached for a dispensation.
Mr English said he was informed of the agreement to make Lewis-Holyfield ii the mandatory by all three groups by Frank Maloney, one of Lewis managers.
He said WBC President
Jose Sulaiman told Mr Maloney of the agreement and that
main events proceeded with the bout under that
assumption, although there was no official notification
that the WBA had come to such an agreement.
GND varsity retain hockey
LUDHIANA, March 4 In a battle of nerves, holders Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, recovered from an early jolt to prevail over hosts Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, 2-1 in the replayed final of the All-India Inter-Varsity (interzonal) Hockey Tournament for men at the PAU astro turf stadium here today.
The title clash was resolved through extra time golden goal rule since both the teams were locked 1-1 at the end of regular period. GND varsity thus retained the title they had won last year at Tirupati outplaying Bangalore University 2-1 in the final.
Although GND varsity players had the upper hand and dictated terms throughout the contest yet it were the hosts PAU who went into the lead in the 16th minute through centre forward Yadwinder Singh off an indirect penalty corner hit. Stung by this goal, the reigning champions exerted full pressure and made repeated attacks on rival territory and in the process forced as many as eight penalty corners in quick succession but could not convert any.
After changing ends, GND varsitys Tejbir Singh, Gabbar Singh and Prabhdeep Singh, displaying speed and skill with stick, weaved some fine moves and succeeded in penetrating PAUs defence time and again but found PAU goalkeeper Ramanjit in their way, who brought off at least six spectacular saves. GND varsity men got 19 penalty corners in all but failed to capitalise on these chances while PAU wasted two penalty corners.
Just three minutes before the long whistle, GND varsity players restored parity. Full back Sukhamritpal Singh converted a penalty stroke to level the score. As regular time of 70 minutes of play failed to produce any result, the golden goal rule was applied. PAU players had not settled down yet when the all-important goal came off GND varsitys Lakhwinder Singhs stick with the match just 40 seconds into the extra time-golden goal period.
Dragila sets pole vault record
ATLANTA, March 4 (AFP) American Stacy Dragila improved her own indoor pole vault world record here, clearing 4.62 metres to win the title at the US Indoor Athletics Championships.
Dragila had established the previous record, still to be ratified by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, of 4.61 metres on February 20 at a meet in Pocatello, Idaho.
In 15 days she has taken the indoor record previously owned by German Nicole Humbert at 4.55 metres, seven centimeters higher. In the process Dragila has surpassed the outdoor world record of 4.60 that she shares with Australian Emma George.
Dragila claimed her fourth indoor national title and $ 50,000 from USA Track and Field for the world record yesterday, but it wasnt smooth sailing.
No suspension for nandrolone: FIFA
GENEVA, March 4 (AP) FIFA has decided it wont suspend soccer players who test positive for the banned steroid nandrolone after a study showed men naturally produce the substance.
The world soccer governing body commissioned the study carried out in recent months by a Switzerland-based researcher, to find whether the male body can produce nandrolone like the female body does when pregnant, FIFA spokesman Andress Heren said yesterday.
The study involved 148 Swiss top-level and second-division soccer players, he said.
It was found... That under physical stress (such as training and exercise) men do indeed produce endogenously nandrolone in a quantity that is such that the threshold value of two nanograms per millilitre of urine could well be produced by the athlete himself, Mr Herren said.
Mananhana wrestling meet from
PHAGWARA, March 4 The cash prize for the Bharat Kesari title for women (60kg to 75 kg) has been raised this year to Rs 51,000 from Rs 21,000 by the organisers of the 14th wrestling jamboree at Dera Mananhana, 25 km from here, scheduled to be held from March 11.
However, the cash prize for the mens Bharat Kesari title (plus 87 kg) will continue to be Rs 1 lakh. This wrestling meet is the highest cash prize torunament in the country, according to Prof Kashmira Singh Gill, and Prof Sital Singh spokesmen for the tournament committee.
The tournament is organised every year by Mr Bhupinder Singh in memory of Sant Baba Hari Singh Naikiwale. As many as 300 wrestlers from India and abroad will take part in it and the weighing in will be done on March 10.
The meet will be conducted as per international rules. The following are the cash prizes for the first four slots in various categories.
Bharat Kesarai (men) Rs
1,00000, Rs 50,000 Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000. Bharat Kumar
(+70 kg) Rs 21,000, Rs 11,000, Rs 5000, and Rs 2500 Shere
Hind (up to 87 kg) Rs 25000 Rs 12000 Rs 6000 and Rs 3000.
Aftabe-Hind (up 76 kg), Sitare-Hind (upto 65 kg) and
Shane-Hind(upto 56 kg) titler carry cash prizes of Rs
15000, Rs 7500, Rs 3500 and Rs 1750; Rs 10,000, Rs 5000,
Rs 2500, and Rs 1250; Rs 10,000, Rs 5,000, Rs 2500 and Rs
Bengal pile up 281 for 5
CALCUTTA, March 4 (UNI) A scintillating unbeaten century knock by Syed Saba Karim (109) enabled Bengal to pile up a sizeable 281 for 5 against mighty Karnataka on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy super league tie here at Eden Gardens today.
Bengal skipper Utpal Chatterjee (17) also remained unbeaten with Saba Karim when the stumps were drawn for the day.
Thus with an intent to register first inning lead, the hosts were looking for a big score. The slow wicket at the gardens troubled the batsmen to look for a specific target and everything depends on how the wicket behaves next morning, a tired Saba Karim said after the days proceedings.
He, however, achieved a distinction of crossing 5000 runs in Ranji Trophy when he reached 31 today.
Later, his 19th century
in Ranji Trophy came with a square cut to Venkatesh
Prasad for four in the 85th over with the score board
reading 266 for 5. This was the hundredth innings in 76
matches Saba Karim had played so far. His unbeaten 109
came through a 230-minute stance facing 169 balls with 17
National kabaddi from March 24
CHANDIGARH, March 4 The 13th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championships for men and women will be held at Gurdaspur from March 24 to 26, according to Mr J.P. Sharma, secretary of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India.
Fifteen teams have so far confirmed their participation, which include Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, UP, Rajasthan, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, J&K, Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and the hosts Punjab.
Surinder to lead
KAPURTHALA, March 4 Surinder Kumar of Kapurthala will lead the Punjab postal cricket team for participation in the All-India Postal Cricket Tournament to be held at Patna from March 6 to 10.
Team: Raj Kumar Saini
(Asr), Tarun Kumar Sharma(Ldh), Inderjit Yadev, Rajiv
Khosla (Fzr), Joginder Singh (Jal), Raj Kumar Bedi (Sgr),
Rajesh Mohindera (Kap), Deepak Sharma (Asr), Naresh Kumar
(Jal), Harmesh Saini (Ldh), Prabhjot Singh (Sgr), Raman
Grover and Anil Kumar Sharma (Kap).
BARNALA, March 4 Harjeevan Singh and Neetu Sharma of BA 1 stole the show in the 40th annual athletic meet of S D College, Barnala, which concluded here yesterday.
Harjeevan was adjudged the best athlete among boys whereas Neetu Sharma was declared the best athlete among girls. Manjinder Singh and Nisha Verma finished second best athletes among boys and girls, respectively.
AMRITSAR, March 4 North Zone will clash with West Zone in the final of the 29th Food Corporation of India Inter-zonal Hockey Championships here. Maintaining their winning streak , North notched up an impressive victory over East Zone scoring five goals to take up their position in the finals.
East Zone could score only one goal. For North Zone the scorers were Naveen (two) Amarjit Negi (two) and Sanjeev Kumar (one).
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