Monday, November 19, 2001, Chandigarh, India





S P O R T S
XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Stage set for sports extravaganza
Chandigarh, November 18
Putting behind the setback of accidental hip injury to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Amritsar this morning, members of the organising committee of the 31st National Games as well as nearly 10,000 athletes from all over the country were all vied up for the country’s biggest sports spectacle, the first National Games of the new millennium.



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TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
Kallis steadies S. Africa
Port Elizabeth, November 18
Jacques Kallis’s 18th half-century steadied South Africa on the third day of the second Test against India today. Kallis was 84 not out with Shaun Pollock on 38 as South Africa reached on 211 for five in their second innings, before bad light stopped play. South Africa scored 362 in their first innings, to which India replied with 201.


India's Harbhajan Singh celebrates as South Africa's Boeta Dippenaar is dismissed for 28 on the third day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. — Reuters photo
Harbhajan Singh

Lennox Lewis is boxing champ
Las Vegas, Nevada, November 18
Lennox Lewis reclaimed the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation heavyweight titles in devastating fashion when he knocked out Hasim Rahman in the fourth round.


Lennox Lewis, right, lands a knockout punch to the head of Hasim Rahman in the fourth round of their WBC and IBF heavyweight title bout at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas on Saturday. —  AP/PTI photo
Lennox Lewis, right, lands a knockout punch to the head of Hasim Rahman

B’desh in battle for survival
Chittagong (Bangladesh), November 18
Opener Javed Omar compiled a patient unbeaten 80 as Bangladesh waged a battle for survival in the second Test against Zimbabwe here today. The hosts, made to follow-on 291 runs behind, ended the fourth day’s play on 227 for 4 in their second knock at the Aziz Stadium.

Kambli slams century
Mumbai, November 18
Test discard Vinod Kambli slammed run-a-ball century while opening batsman Wasim Jaffer missed the three figure mark by a run on the opening day of the two-day cricket match between Mumbai Cricket Association President’s XI and England at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

England's wicket-keeper James Foster (L) watches Bhavin Thakkar's shot head for the boundary on the opening day of a two-day match between England and the Bombay Cricket Association President's XI in Mumbai on Sunday. — Reuters photo
England's wicket-keeper James Foster (L) watches Bhavin Thakkar's shot

AI, PSB in semis; PP lose
New Delhi, November 18
Fancied Punjab and Sind Bank and Air India qualified for the semi-finals from their respective groups in the 38 Nehru-ONGC hockey tournament here today. Punjab and Sind Bank registered their second consecutive wins in the tournament defeating IHF (Jr) 2-1 from Pool A. Playing in Pool D, Air-India held Rock Rovers, Chandigarh, to a 3-3 draw but moved ahead owing to better goal average.

Black Elephant Patiala win golf tourney
Ambala, November 18
Metro Cup Golf Tournament was held at the Kharga Golf Club, Ambala cantonment, today. Black Elephant Patiala, comprising J.S. Dullat, Jaskirat Dullat, Aman Daliwal and Col Kuldev Nand, won the cup. The runner-up team was BSF, Jalandhar, comprising Vikram Janjua, Balwidner Singh, Jasminder Singh and A.S. Cheema.

Basketball meet from Nov 29
Gidderbaha, November 18
As many as 16 teams of men and women from various states and other government organisations have confirmed their participation in the 3rd Raja Poras All India Invitation Basketball Championship to be held here from November 29 to December 3.

Socceroos keen to end drought
Sydney, November 18
Two-time winners Uruguay or Australia will finally emerge from their World Cup wilderness when they shape up in this week’s playoffs for the 32nd and last place at next year’s finals in Japan and South Korea.

Hewitt clinches Masters Cup
Sydney, November 18
World number one Lleyton Hewitt beat Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 today to win the $ 3.7 million Masters Cup, confirming his position as the hottest player in men’s tennis.

Pak players to raise funds for Afghans
Islamabad, November 18
Pakistani cricket stalwarts Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar are to lead a campaign in which the entire Pakistan cricket team would visit some cities to collect funds for Afghan refugees.

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Stage set for sports extravaganza
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 18
Putting behind the setback of accidental hip injury to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at Amritsar this morning, members of the organising committee of the 31st National Games as well as nearly 10,000 athletes from all over the country were all vied up for the country’s biggest sports spectacle, the first National Games of the new millennium.

The massive Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana, venue of the opening ceremony, has been all decked up for Monday’s two-hour colourful bash, where besides groups of young artistes, a cream of Indian sports, including as many as 13 recipients of Padma Shri, several Arjuna awardees, and some members of the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympic champions Indian hockey team, would be a part of the festive ensemble. Giving official sanction to the proceedings will be the Union Home Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, and the Union Sports Minister, Ms Uma Bharati, the Union Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa.

The IOA , the apex body of sports in the country, would be represented by none other than its President, Mr Suresh Kalmadi, and the secretary-general, Mr Randhir Singh.

The most sacred of the ceremonies — carrying of National Games torch to Guru Nanak Stadium, the last lap with the torch, lighting of the flame and taking of oath on behalf of all the participants — would feature sports stars, both past and present, of this once sports-arm of the country.

Already in Ludhiana are most of these stalwarts — ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh, shot putter Bahadur Singh, sprinter Kamaljit Kooner (nee Sandhu), wrestler Kartar Singh, centre-half Ajit Pal Singh, boxer Kaur Singh, body-builder Prem Chand; spinning maestro Bishen Bedi, captain of 1964 Tokyo Olympic champion hockey team Charanjit Singh, mountaineer M.S. Kohli; triple Olympic Games gold medallist Balbir Singh (hockey), veteran hockey stalwarts Dharam Singh, Tarlochan Singh Bawa, Raghbir Lal, Balkrishen Singh, Haripal Kaushik, Grehnandan Singh, Keshav Dutt, R.S. Bhola, Hardial Singh and Balbir Singh (Junior).

The march-past will be led by Andhra Pradesh while hosts, Punjab, will be at the end. Attired in traditional Punjabi dress , the marching contingents will be led by the “youth of Punjab”.

The Games torch, lit at Patiala on November 16, and which has been carried through all five venues of the Games by more than 600 outstanding sportsmen and women of the state, will be formally brought to Guru Nanak Stadium where it will be handed over to a team of Padam Shri awardees. The ceremonial flag ceremony will be left to the Olympic champion hockey players of 1948, 1952 and 1956 Games.

And after all participants have trooped into the stadium, there will be a surprise champions squad comprising members of the 1960 Rome Olympics, 1964 Tokyo Olympics, 1968 Mexico Olympics, 1972 Munich Olympics, 1976 Montreal Olympics, 1980 Moscow Olympics, 1971 Barcelona World Cup, 1973 Amsterdam World Cup and 1975 Kuala Lumpur World Cup hockey teams, besides gold medallists of the Asian and Commonwealth Games. Then there will be Arjuna awardees and also Dronacharya awardees. They all will march in tandem with participants and remind the 50,000-odd spectators of the glory of Indian sports.

Ramandeep Singh, who was the captain of the 1998 Asian Games champion Indian hockey team, will lead the home contingent in the march past. He will be joined by thrower Neelam J. Singh to take oath on behalf of all the participants.

While the organisers were still busy addressing last minute logistic problems of the arriving contingents and officials, members of various committees, including ceremonial and protocol committee, supervised the rehearsals to make sure things do not go haywire at the last moment.

The actual competitions will get underway on November 20.
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Flame reaches Jalandhar
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 18
The flame of the 31st National Games reached here at 5.40 p.m. in an open jeep today.

The torch was handed over to Mr K. Siva Prasad Deputy Commissioner, Mr Praveen Kumar, ADC, Mr Farooqui, SP Headquarters, and Olympians Kartar Singh, Balbir Singh and Bahadur Singh at Paragpur, near here. Many others like Mr Somnath, ADC, Kapurthala, M.S. Thaiya, SP Detective, and others were present at Paragpur to welcome the flame.

The torch was taken in an open jeep followed by boys of Sports School to Guru Gobind Singh Stadium. At the stadium, Gurdev Singh took a round of the football ground and it was carried on to Burlton Park. It stopped over at Hans Raj Stadium, venue for badminton events, then at the table tennis hall before reaching Punjab Armed Police Complex, where it will remain for the night.

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Focus on Punjabi pageantry
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, November 18
Punjabi cultural pageantry will be the highlight of the thrice-postponed 31st National Games which will be formally opened here tomorrow at Guru Nanak Stadium by the Union Home Minister, Mr L K Advani. More than 1100 performers, including students of local colleges and some professional artistes, will present a typical Punjabi show choreographed by international coach Bansi Kaul.

Bhangra, giddha, jhumar, drum beating, tug-of-war, rural orchestra, gatka by Nihangs in their traditional attire, acrobatic feats by the bazigars, gymnastics, and finally a daredevil show by motorcyclists of Punjab Police would constitute the 45-minute show to be presented during the opening ceremony.

The city around the venue has been decked up to welcome the 10,500 participants and officials who for the next 12 days, will vie for honours in 26 disciplines at various venues here and at Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Patiala, SAS Nagar and Anandpur Sahib. Sportspersons continued to pour into the city today. A total of 1365 participants from as many as 19 states reached here till afternoon.

Giving details of the arrangements made for this sports extravaganza, Mr I.S. Bindra , Secretary-General, organising committee of the National Games, said a sufficient number of vehicles had been arranged to transport the participants from their places of stay to Guru Nanak Stadium. “Whatever the discrepencies, they will be sorted out by this evening”, he said.

Mr Bindra appreciated the efforts made by officials who had been associated with the accommodation of the participants. He specially mentioned the name of the Principal of the local Govenment College of Women in this regard. “In addition to cash sponsorship of Rs 3.30 crore from the consortium of oil companies, a sponsorship in ‘kind’ of Rs 2 crore had materialised with sports goods manufacturing concerns”, Mr Bindra informed.

He further said that for security reasons mobile phones and carry bags would not be allowed in Guru Nanak Stadium on the opening day and the concluding day.

Mr L.K. Advani will declare the Games open at 5.30 pm tomorrow. Ms Uma Bharati, Union Minister for Sports, Mr Farooq Abdullah and Mr Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana will also grace the occasion.
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Trap machines for shooting event
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 18
The highly mechanised trap machines for clay pigeon shooting involving three events — trap, skeet and double trap — will be put to use in the National Games at SAS Nagar. These sophisticated machines were bought in 1989, when Punjab was earlier allotted these games and were lying idle for more than 12 years at Patiala. These German machines, 15 in number of ‘Spieth’ make, are considered among the best in world, and are being installed at the SAS Nagar range under the active supervision of Kanwar Brij Bhan Singh, a veteran trap shooter.

On a visit to the site this afternoon, where these machines were being given final touches, this reporter saw Kanwar Singh along with another aide from Delhi trying to correct faults. Punjab are expecting the maximum medals in shooting in clay pigeon event only. It will have services of international renowned trap and skeet shooters such as Manavjit, Mansher among others .

Regarding the trap machine and mode of operation, Kanwar Brij said at a time, five shooters would be allowed to take part who will be have 15 trap machines. Each trap machine will have an elevated status varying from 1.5 metres to 3.5 metres for each participant and rotated at an angle of 45 degress. The participants in trap event would not be knowing all these positions. The clay bird made of tar having a weight of about 115 grams will have a normal speed of 125 miles per hour. A machine can store 200 birds at a time.

Kanwar, now aged 61years, has been associated with clay pigeon shooting ever since Raja Karni Singh, the doyen of shooting, and later with Raja Randhir Singh. On the present range at SAS Nagar, Kanwar said one should ignore the minor problems like mud, uneven surfaces, and instead appreciate the facility.

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Surprise checks conducted
Our Sports Reporter

Patiala, November 18
Thirtythree teams, comprising 552 men and 363 women, have reached the city to take part in the 31st National Games, scheduled to be held at various venues of the city from tomorrow.

All the infrastructure is in place and the three boxing rings came up today in the Polo grounds. The Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of the Regional Committee, Mr J.S. Bir, conducted surprise checks at hostels where sportspersons were being lodged and found the arrangements to be satisfactory.

The latest to arrive were contingents of Andhra Pradesh, Uttaranchal, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir. Sportspersons and technical delegates will be transported to Ludhiana tomorrow morning for the opening ceremony. Fourty buses have been requisitioned from the PRTC for the purpose. A shuttle service has also been started to transport the participants from their hostels to the venues at the Polo Grounds, Rink Hall, YPS Stadium and the indoor gymnasium which is located in the Polo grounds.

Secretaries of those state sports associations, whose disciplines are being held here, discussed plans of staging their respective events. Prominent among those who were present were Mr G.S. Sarao, Secretary of the Punjab Boxing Association, Mr P.S. Virk, Secretary of the Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI), Mr Upkar Singh Virk, Secretary of the Punjab Kho-Kho Association, Mr Gurdeep Singh Malhi, secretary of the Punjab Kabaddi Association and Mr K.D.S. Nagra, a representative of the Indian Weightlifting Federation.

Mr Bir disclosed that some of the teams arriving early could not be provided assistance at the reception counters set up at the local bus stand and the railway station as they had no prior information about the arrival of the teams.

Meanwhile, a team of NIS doctors left the city today morning to check the Dope Control Centres at all the 21 venues spread across the state. Sports medicine experts from the New Delhi based SAI lab have also reached the NIS where the samples collected from the all 21 venues will be brought.
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Wrestling events from Nov 20
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, November 18
The wrestling events of the forthcoming 31st National Games will be held from November 20 to 24 at Punjab Armed Police Indoor Hall Stadium, Jalandhar Cantonment. According to Kartar Singh, President, Punjab Wrestling Association, on November 21, the preliminary rounds of 54kg, 63 kg,76 kg, 97 kg (freestyle and Greco-Roman and in 46 kg, 56kg and 68 kg for women (freestyle) will be held. 

On November 22, the rounds for weight categories 54 kg,58 kg, 63 kg, 69kg, 75 kg, 97 kg, 130 kg (freestyle and Greco-Roman); 46 kg, 51 kg, 56 kg, 62kg, 68 kg,75kg for women (freestyle), will be held while on November 23, 58 kg, 69kg,85 kg, 130 kg (freestyle and Greco-Roman) and 51kg, 62 kg, 75kg(women) boths will be held.

The finals of 54 kg, 63 kg,76 kg, 97 kg (freestyle Greco-Roman), and 46 kg, 56 kg, 68 kg (women) will be held. On November 24, the finals of 58 kg,69kg, 85 kg and 130 kg for freestyle Greco-Roman and 51 kg,62 kg and 75kg (women) are to be held.

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Netball not a medal game
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 18
Netball has not been included in the medal tally but will be competed for by the players in the National Games, according to Mr I.S. Bindra, Secretary-General of Organising Committee for National Games.

A total of 29 events will be contested. Tug-of-war is another event which will be witnessed for demonstration in the games whereas swimming has been excluded for which Mr Bindra blamed the Swimming Federation of India. “It is totally arbitrary. The swimming pool at Patiala was updated and they knew that it didn’t have proper heating facility. It is only now that they have starting objecting to it,” he told reporters.

For these National Games, three new states have their token representation of 40 to 42 players. Uttaranchal, Uttrakhand and Jharkhand will be having their first representation at the games, he said.

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Badminton squad
Our Sports Reporter

Jalandhar, November 18
Sachin Ratti will lead Punjab contingent for badminton in the National Games scheduled to start tomorrow, according to a press release issued here today. The squad: Men: Vijaydeep Singh, Harish Chander, Gurmukh Singh, Opinder Pal Singh, Yogesh Chauhan, Rohan Kapoor and Jaideep Kohli, Navdeep Singh, Chanderdeep. Women: Nazma Parveen, Arti Verma, Navneet Kaur, Sumit Kalra and Shenaz.

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Kallis steadies S. Africa

Port Elizabeth, November 18
Jacques Kallis’s 18th half-century steadied South Africa on the third day of the second Test against India today.

Kallis was 84 not out with Shaun Pollock on 38 as South Africa reached on 211 for five in their second innings, before bad light stopped play. South Africa scored 362 in their first innings, to which India replied with 201.

Two balls after reaching his 50, Kallis survived a sharp chance when VVS Laxman at second slip dropped a one-handed catch off the bowling of fast bowler Ajit Agarkar.

The visitors resumed on 182 for eight and were all out in the eighth over of the day with fast bowler Pollock taking five for 40.

The South African captain took his fifth wicket when he trapped Laxman in front for 89, India’s top score. Laxman batted for three hours, faced 121 balls and hit 12 fours.

He and Anil Kumble shared a partnership of 80 runs, surpassing the previous ninth-wicket record of 77 for India against South Africa held by Kapil Dev and Kumble and set at the same venue in 1992-93.

The innings ended when Kumble slashed a delivery from fast bowler Mornantau Hayward to Gary Kirsten in the gully to be dismissed for 28.

South Africa lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Kirsten, on 12, edged a ball from paceman Javagal Srinath towards the slip cordon, where second slip Laxman took the catch despite the distraction of third slip Virender Sehwag diving across him.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa (first innings) 362 (H. Gibbs 196, M. Boucher 68 not out; J. Srinath 6-76).

India (first innings):

Das lbw b Pollock 1

Dasgupta b Ntini 13

Dravid b Pollock 2

Sachin c Klusener b Pollock 1

Ganguly b Pollock 42

Laxman lbw b Pollock 89

Sehwag c Kirsten b Kallis 13

Agarkar c Boucher b Kallis 1

H. Singh run out (Gibbs) 0

Kumble c Kirsten b Hayward 28

Srinath not out 0

Extras: (lb-3 w-2 nb-6) 11

Total: 201

FOW: 1-5 2-13 3-15 4-47 5-69 6-111 7-119 8-119 9-199

Bowling: Pollock 16-3-40-5 (nb-5), Hayward 17-5-45-1, Ntini 14-3-49-1, Kallis 10-2-50-2 (w-2 nb-1), Boje 4-2-8-0, Klusener 1-0-6-0.

South Africa (second innings)

Gibbs b Agarkar 12

Kirsten c Laxman b Srinath 5

Kallis batting 84

McKenzie c Dasgupta b Srinath 2

Dippenaar c Sehwag b H. Singh 28

Klusener c Sehwag b H. Singh 29

Pollock batting 38

Extras 13

Total (for 5 in 71 over) 211

FOW: 1-14, 2-22, 3-26, 4-91, 5-139

Bowling: Srinath 15-8-20-2, Kumble 8-0-17-0, H. Singh 20-2-78-2, Agarkar 19-2-63-1, Ganguly 5-0-17-0, Tendulkar 4-0-10-0. Reuters
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Lennox Lewis is boxing champ

Lennox Lewis poses with his three championship belts
Lennox Lewis poses with his three championship belts after beating Hasim Rahman at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. The IBF and WBC belts are at left. The IBO belt is at right. 
Referee Joe Cortez checks on Hasim Rahman
Referee Joe Cortez checks on Hasim Rahman after Rahman was knocked out by Lennox Lewis at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday. — Reuters photo

Las Vegas, Nevada, November 18
Lennox Lewis reclaimed the World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight titles in devastating fashion when he knocked out Hasim Rahman in the fourth round.

Briton Lewis, who labelled Rahman a one-punch wonder when the American took his crowns last April in South Africa, was never threatened in the rematch held yesterday.

He dominated the first three rounds before dropping his opponent with a thundering right one minute 29 seconds into the fourth.

Rahman lay motionless on the canvas before trying to stumble to his feet as referee Joe Cortez counted him out, while Lewis pounded his chest in jubilation at joining Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield as the only men to win the world heavyweight title three times.

“I said in South Africa that my belts were on loan,” the 36-year-old Lewis said.” He’s had his moment of fame, now the belts are back with me.

“I’ve changed him name to Has-Been Rahman, The Buster Douglas of the 21st century.

“I told you that punch in South Africa was a lucky one.”

Lewis (39-2-1) also became just the fourth boxer to regain the heavyweight championship from the same fighter he lost it to. The others were Floyd Patterson, Ali and Holyfield.

So punishing was Lewis’s assault that Rahman was unable to attend the post-fight news conference, making a mandatory visit to hospital as required by the Nevada State Athletic Commission doctor.

Rahman’s manager said later that the 29-year-old fighter was fine and was taken to the hospital only as a precaution.

“I want to assure all of you the Rock is fine,” Steve Nelson said. “The Rock says he will be back.” Reuters
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B’desh in battle for survival

Chittagong (Bangladesh), November 18
Opener Javed Omar compiled a patient unbeaten 80 as Bangladesh waged a battle for survival in the second Test against Zimbabwe here today.

The hosts, made to follow-on 291 runs behind, ended the fourth day’s play on 227 for 4 in their second knock at the Aziz Stadium.

Omar held his end up for seven hours to take Bangladesh within 64 runs of making Zimbabwe bat again and possibly avert defeat in the short series.

Zimbabwe have three sessions of play to clinch the series after rain robbed them of certain victory in the first Test at Dhaka when the last two days were washed out.

The Bangladeshi top order took the score to 184 for 1 by tea, before they were pegged back by a three-wicket burst from left-arm spinner Grant Flower.

Omar, who started the day on two, batted dourly to make 28 runs in the first session, 27 in the second and 23 in the third. He has so far batted for nearly seven hours, hitting nine of his 321 deliveries for boundaries.

Omar and first-innings hero Habibul Bashar batted through the afternoon session to add 122 for the second wicket. Bashar followed his 108 in the first outing with a defiant 76 (12x4).

Earlier, Omar had put on 73 for the first wicket with al Sahariar, who made 40 before being trapped leg before wicket by seamer Henry Olonga.

Bangladesh slipped from 195 for one to 203 for four after tea as Grant Flower removed Bashar, Aminul Islam and former captain Akram Khan in quick succession.

Flower, a part-time bowler, now has seven wickets in the match after taking four in the first innings. AFP

Scoreboard

Zimbabwe (1st innings): 542-for 7 declared

Bangladesh (1st innings): 251

Bangladesh (2nd innings): Omar batting 80

Al Sahariar lbw b Olonga 40

Bashar c sub b G. Flower 76

Islam c Gripper b G. Flower 1

Akram Khan b G. Flower 2

Ashraful batting 1

Extras: (b-2, lb-16, w-1, nb-8) 27

Total: (for 4 wkts, 100 overs) 227

Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-195, 3-201, 4-203.

Bowling: Friend 20-6-39-0, Brent 25-6-58-0, G. Flower 30-14-37-3, Olonga 15-5-31-1, Marillier 6-1-23-0, Gripper 4-2-21-0.
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Kambli slams century

Mumbai, November 18
Test discard Vinod Kambli slammed run-a-ball century while opening batsman Wasim Jaffer missed the three figure mark by a run on the opening day of the two-day cricket match between Mumbai Cricket Association President’s XI and England at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

MCA President’s XI, put into bat by England skipper Nasser Hussain made 373 for five off 90 overs with another Test discard Sairaj Bahutule and wicketkeeper Abhijit Shetey batting on 52 and 10 respectively at the draw of stumps.

Jaffer, who hit as many as 15 fours and faced 148 balls in his stay of 202 minutes at the wicket, was a picture of confidence and had two century partnerships with his opening partner Vinayak Mane (33 off 66 balls) and with Kambli (109 off 109 balls).

Scoreboard

Mumbai (first innings):

Mane run out 33 Jaffer c Dawson b White 99 Kambli c Usman Affzal (sub) b Dawson 109 Thakkar c Vaughan b Ramprakash 46 Muzumdar c Hussain b Dawson 04 Bahutule batting 52 Shetye batting 10 Extras: 20 (71b, 13nb)

Total: For five wickets 373 in 90 overs.

Fall of wicket: 1-100, 2-226, 3-272, 4-276, 5-336

Bowling: M Hoggard 14-4-54-0 (1nb) J Ormond 15-2-75-0 (3nb) C White 9-1-43-1 (6nb) R Dawson 24-4-81-2 M Vaughan 18-2-70-0 (3nb) M Butcher 3-0-17-0 M Ramprakash 7-0-26-1.
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AI, PSB in semis; PP lose

New Delhi, November 18
Fancied Punjab and Sind Bank and Air India qualified for the semi-finals from their respective groups in the 38 Nehru-ONGC hockey tournament here today.

Punjab and Sind Bank registered their second consecutive wins in the tournament defeating IHF (Jr) 2-1 from Pool A. Playing in Pool D, Air-India held Rock Rovers, Chandigarh, to a 3-3 draw but moved ahead owing to better goal average.

In another match, Corps of Signals advanced keeping their hopes alive for a semi-final berth thrashing Punjab Police 3-1 in Pool C. With the defeat, their second on the trot, Punjab Police bowed out of the tournament.

PSB conceded the first goal as Somesh Kanta of the IHF sounded the board to give his team 1-0 lead in the 10th minute.

However, PSB pulled their act together and earned as many as 10 penalty corners converting two of them for the win.

Mandeep Singh scored the equaliser in the 27th minute when he converted scooping the ball from close off Parmeender Singh.

In the second half, Parmeender Singh scored the winner off a penalty corner in the 56th minute.

The match between Air India and Rock Rovers was well contested with both teams going all out for victory.

Rovers scored the first goal through Partek off a penalty corner. Gurpreet Singh brought the ball down and Partek, who was close to the left bar of the goalpost, made no mistake as he flicked to score goal for his team in the 32nd minute.

But Air-India scored the equaliser three minutes later when Hardeep Singh rushed with the ball from the left midfield and hit a reverse stick shot, landing the ball straight into the goalpost.

In the second half, Rovers moved ahead in the 41st minute as captain Navdeep Singh scooped the ball into the goalpost from the left flank after getting a pass from Partek.

Responding to the challenge, Air-India made it 2-2 in the 46th minute through Roshan Tete. Tete capitalised on a pass from DD’souza and found the target from outside the D circle.

Rock Rovers were 3-2 up again when Rajpal Singh converted a penalty stroke in 58th minute.

Air-India missed a golden opportunity in the 62nd minute when they muffed a penalty stroke as Surinder Singh was unable to convert. However, a minute later, Kishore Kumar scored a field goal to hold Rock Rovers to a 3-3 draw.

Earlier, Punjab Police scored the first and the only goal through Kulbir Singh, while Ghanshyam Das, Lakra and Tarsem Singh scored one each for Corps of Signals. PTI

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Black Elephant Patiala win golf tourney
Tribune News Service

Ambala, November 18
Metro Cup Golf Tournament was held at the Kharga Golf Club, Ambala cantonment, today.

Black Elephant Patiala, comprising J.S. Dullat, Jaskirat Dullat, Aman Daliwal and Col Kuldev Nand, won the cup. The runner-up team was BSF, Jalandhar, comprising Vikram Janjua, Balwidner Singh, Jasminder Singh and A.S. Cheema.

The Best Gross award went to Sandeep Sandhu. Individual best net score (handicap nine and below) was Varun Parmar and runner-up (handicap 9 and below).

Sgt Nawab Singh. Individual best net score (handicap 10 and above) Col Dilbagh Rai and runner-up (handicap 10 and above) was Col Gurdial Singh.

Ladies (winner) Tarandeep Rekhi an runner-up Mrs Kanta Mehra. Ladies putting (winner) Mrs P.D. Joshi and runner-up Mrs Gauri Singla. Seven-year-old Pranav Mehra was the youngest participant.

This golf tournament was instituted by H.K. Das in 1972 and since then it has been an annual feature.

It was for the first time that this event was played on the extend golf course of the club, which now comprises 18 greens instead of the earlier nine greens.

The tournament organiser, Mr Y.P. Das, said the trophy was a running trophy of hall-mark silver. The tournament was played as a medal round stroke play over 18 holes.
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Basketball meet from Nov 29
Tribune News Service

Gidderbaha, November 18
As many as 16 teams of men and women from various states and other government organisations have confirmed their participation in the 3rd Raja Poras All India Invitation Basketball Championship to be held here from November 29 to December 3.

Mr Manpreet Singh Badal, president, Raja Poras Sports Club and Welfare Society, which is organising the tournament, said about Rs 12 lakh would be spent on the championship. Winning team of men and women would be given Rs 1 lakh each as cash prize while the runners-up in both categories would be given Rs 50,000 each.

In men’s category Punjab Police, the Rest of Punjab, Services, Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Bharati Bank, Chennai, South Central Railway, Western Railway, Central Railway and Tisco have confirmed participation. Among women South Central Railway, Central Railway, Southern Railway, Northern Railway, Western Railway and Punjab will participate.
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Socceroos keen to end drought

Sydney, November 18
Two-time winners Uruguay or Australia will finally emerge from their World Cup wilderness when they shape up in this week’s playoffs for the 32nd and last place at next year’s finals in Japan and South Korea.

Australia’s Socceroos, hungry to break their 28-year drought, will stage the first leg in Melbourne on Tuesday against the South Americans, who have failed to qualify for the last two World Cups.

The return leg is in Montevideo next Sunday (November 25).

The Uruguayans, who get a second crack at qualifying having finished fifth in the Conmebol group, have never before had to go outside of South America to make a World Cup.

This makes the two playoff games an intriguing match-up between a one-time World Cup power and a new world football team, whose entire line-up of players is based overseas. AFP
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Hewitt clinches Masters Cup

Sydney, November 18
World number one Lleyton Hewitt beat Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 today to win the $ 3.7 million Masters Cup, confirming his position as the hottest player in men’s tennis.

Just two days after he became the youngest man in history to reach the top ranking, Hewitt put the icing on the cake by winning a cool $ 1.52 million for going through the season-ending tournament undefeated.

The 20-year-old Australian showed no ill-effects from the groin strain that troubled him in Saturday’s semifinal win over Juan Carlos Ferrero as he demolished Grosjean in less than two hours.

The Frenchman had only just sneaked into the elite eight-man field by winning the recent Paris Masters series and despite losing his first round-robin match to Hewitt, did not drop another set to reach the final. Reuters
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Pak players to raise funds for Afghans

Islamabad, November 18
Pakistani cricket stalwarts Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar are to lead a campaign in which the entire Pakistan cricket team would visit some cities to collect funds for Afghan refugees.

The cricketers vowed to conduct a vigorous campaign for Afghan Muslims and appealed to their countrymen to take part in it, Pakistani newspaper ‘The Dawn’ reported, quoting the players speaking to journalists at the Gaddafi Stadium yesterday.

The cricketers said special counters to receive donations would be set up in all cities. Wasim said that some matches might be held in small cities to raise funds.

Inzamam-ul-Haq had donated Rs 1,00,000 while Azhar Mahmood donated $ 1,000, Saeed said. Other members of the team would also contribute. UNI

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 SPORTS BRIEFS



Defending champion Jaqueline Silva of Brazil clinches the Roxy Pro title at Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, on Saturday. Silva dominated in the final to beat Australian Lynette Mackenzie and Australian Chelsea Georgeson who were placed second and third, respectively. — AP/PTI

I DON’T CARE, SAYS ROMARIO
SAO PAULO:
Veteran Brazilian star Romario added to the furore of his continued non-selection here yesterday by stating that he no longer cares if he is picked for the national side. There had been growing calls for the immediate return of the 1994 World Cup star to the national team ahead of their final group qualifier this week after the triple world champions were defeated 1-3 by Bolivia. Brazil, however, ensured their berth at next summer’s finals on Wednesday when they beat Venezuela 3-0 to squeeze past in their final Latin American zone qualifier. But the 35-year-old striker, the second top scorer in the Brazilian league this season with his team Vasco da Gama, said yesterday that he no longer has anything to prove and no longer cares if he is selected. AFP

BECKER PROBE
MUNICH:
German prosecutors have opened a probe against former tennis champion Boris Becker on suspicion of tax evasion, news weekly Focus reported in an article to be published tomorrow. The magazine said that Becker is accused of failing to pay taxes on $ 15 million in income since 1985 by falsely claiming that his main residence is in Monaco. According to a report filed by tax authorities in August which is the basis of the prosecutors’ investigation, Becker’s base of operations from the time of his first Wimbeldon win in 1985 has been his parents’ home in the German town of Leimen. AFP

URUGUAY CONFIDENT
MELBOURNE:
Inter Milan’s Uruguayan striker Alvaro Recoba has said Uruguay are enormously confident of beating Australia for the 32nd and final place in next year’s World Cup. “Australia is not Brazil or Argentina,’’ Recoba was quoted as saying in the Herald Sun newspaper in Melbourne today. “We are confident we can win and get a good result.’’ Australia host the first leg of the World Cup play-offs in Melbourne on Tuesday followed by the second leg in Montevideo five days later. Twice World Cup champions Uruguay, who have not qualified for the World Cup finals since 1990, are ranked 23rd by FIFA. Reuters

SKATING TRIALS
FATEHGARH SAHIB:
Trials to select district team for roller skating will be held at Diwan Todar Mal Hall on November 20 at 11 a.m. Selected team will participate in the Punjab Open Roller Sakating Championship to be held at Amritsar from November 23 to 25, according to information reaching him. OC
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