Tuesday, July 15, 2003, Chandigarh, India






National Capital Region--Delhi

THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
S P O R T S

East Bengal lose in Asean club football
Jakarta, July 14
East Bengal went down fighting 0-1 to Thailand’s champion club BEC Tero Sasana in their opening Group D match in the LG Cup Asean Club Football Championships here today. The all-important goal was scored by Thai striker T Chaiman in the 83rd minute after the National Football League champions battled on even terms with BEC.
Panai Kongpapan of Thailand's BEC Tero Sasana is tackled by Suley Musah of East Bengal Panai Kongpapan (L) of Thailand's BEC Tero Sasana is tackled by Suley Musah of East Bengal during their Asean LG Cup match in Jakarta on Monday.
— Reuters photo

Mexico stun Brazil in football
Mexico City, July 14
Mexico topped an unfamiliar Brazil 1-0 in the first round of the Gold Cup, while Copa America champions Colombia moved closer to the tournament’s quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Jamaica. Jared Borgetti scored the decisive goal for Mexico in the 79th minute yesterday, but it was Brazil and its young crop of players that dominated most of the match.

Coach praises volleyball team
New Delhi, July 14
India may have missed the world champions’ tag by a whisker in the world under-19 volleyball tournament in Thailand, but coach GE Sridharan said the performance has established the country’s potential in the game at the international level.
The Indian volleyball team, who finished second in the World U-19 Volleyball championship in Thailand The Indian volleyball team, who finished second in the World U-19 Volleyball championship in Thailand, arrives at IGI airport, New Delhi, on Monday.
— PTI photo



The Japanese team performs in the preliminary synchronised swimming team event at the World Swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday. The final for this competition will take place on Saturday. — AP/PTI

EARLIER STORIES
 

High altitude training helpful: Pillay
Solan, July 14
The captain of the Indian hockey team, Dhanraj Pillay, today said the high altitude training camp organised for the team at Dagshai and Barog was helping the squad to acclimatise itself for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in Holland where similar weather conditions exist. In video (28k, 56k)

Mumbai skaters, who represented Inland Skating Federation of India, pose for photographers after winning the Friendship meet
Mumbai skaters, who represented Inland Skating Federation of India, pose for photographers after winning the Friendship meet 2003 award at Dhaka recently. — PTI

Punjab cops crash out of Murugappa hockey
Chennai, July 14
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) authored a major upset, stunning formidable Punjab Police 2-1 to enter the quarterfinals from pool D in the 81st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament here today.

Narrow win for Indian cricketers
London, July 14
India 'A' squeezed through by the narrowest of margin when they beat Lancashire by one wicket in their one-day match at Stanley Park, Blackpool, yesterday to continue their fine run in England.

Sehwag hits quickfire 76 in county cricket
London, July 14
Virender Sehwag scored a quickfire 76 from 59 balls to steer Leicestershire Foxes to a 76-run victory over Worcestershire Royals in a National Cricket League one-day match at Oakham School last evening.

India to play extra cricket practice tie
Sydney July 14
The Indian cricket team will play an additional tour match as part of its Australian itinerary later this year. India will take on Queensland XI in a three-day match at Allan Border Field in Brisbane (November 29 to December 1), a press note from Cricket Australia said here today.

Russian Isinbayeva vaults to new world mark
Gateshead, July 14
Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women’s pole vault when she cleared 4.82 metres at the Super Grand Prix meeting here yesterday.




Sweden's Stefan Holm dives over the bar during the men's high jump event at the Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday.
— Reuters photo
Sweden's Stefan Holm dives over the bar during the men's high jump event

Woods blinded by Royal St George’s
Sandwich (England), July 14
Tiger Woods played Royal St George’s for the first time yesterday and said he might need a few more rounds to get a feel for this British Open. On some holes, he couldn’t figure out which way to go. On others, he couldn’t believe where his ball wound up.
Tiger Woods of the USA splashes out of a bunker on the sixth hole during a practice round for the British Open Championship at Royal St. George's US golf star Tiger Woods splashes out of a bunker on the sixth hole during a practice round for the British Open in Sandwich, England, on Monday. — Reuters photo

Swimming title for Chinese pair
Barcelona, July 14
China’s Lao Lishi and Li Ting fought off a strong Australian challenge to win the women’s 10-metre synchronised platform gold at the World Swimming Championship here yesterday.


Japan performs at the preliminary round of the synchrnised event of the the World Swimming championships in Barcelona on Monday.
— Reuters photo
Japan performs at the preliminary round of the synchrnised event

Badminton singles titles for Yogesh
Mandi, July 14
Yogesh of Solan District outplayed Lokesh of Mandi District 15-18, 15-1 to lift the men's singles title in the final of the HP State Hot Weather Prize Money State Open Badminton Championship here at the newly constructed town hall yesterday. In women's singles Kamini Shandil of Shimla ousted Poonam Patial also from Shimla 11-2, 11-1 to lift the cup.

Akin, Swati excel in swimming meet
Ambala, July 14
The fifth Ambala District Swimming Championship culminated at War Heroes Memorial stadium, here yesterday. In men’s 50m freestyle, Vikas Khandekar came first, Gurmeet Singh second and Gopesh Walia third. In 100m freestyle, Yadvinder Singh finished first, S Gaur second and Veeraj Sharma third. In 50m backstroke, Karan Bhola came first, Arun Narula second and Divian third.

Italy's Valentino Rossi looks down as he stands on the podium A supporter, dressed as the devil, cheers Lance Armstrong of the US
Italy's Valentino Rossi looks down as he stands on the podium after the British MotoGP at Donington on Sunday. Rossi who finished first was given a ten second penalty and relegated to third place for overtaking under yellow flags.
— Reuters
A supporter, dressed as the devil, cheers Lance Armstrong of the US (L) at the ascent of the Col Du Galibier pass during the 8th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday. The inscription on the supporter's stick reads — 100 years, the Tour.
— AP/PTI

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East Bengal lose in Asean club football

Jakarta, July 14
East Bengal went down fighting 0-1 to Thailand’s champion club BEC Tero Sasana in their opening Group D match in the LG Cup Asean Club Football Championships here today.

The all-important goal was scored by Thai striker T Chaiman in the 83rd minute after the National Football League champions battled on even terms with BEC, who have made it to the final of the AFC Champions League, till the fag end of the match.

Chaiman’s goal came four minutes after the Thai goalkeeper brought down Malswatulunga on the edge of the penalty box but the referee did not rule in East Bengal’s favour.

The Kolkata side will now take on Army Football Club, Philippines, in their second and last group match on Wednesday which will seal their fate in the championship. The top two teams from each of the four groups will progress to the quarterfinals.

After a barren first session, which saw both teams fritter away a few chances, the game slowed down towards the middle of the half before the pace picked up after changing ends.

East Bengal, who were attacking with only Baichung Bhutia upfront and Alvito D’ Cunha and Bijen Singh as the two wingers, looked more dangerous in the second session after coach Subash Bhowmick introduced Malswamtunga in the 18th minute of the second session.

New Delhi: Football buffs can look forward to some exciting time as DD Sports yesterday announcing that it would telecast live the July 13-26 ASEAN Club Tournament to be held in Thailand and Indonesia.

Led by Baichung Bhutia and placed in group D, the Indian team will play their second match on Wednesday against Negros Occidental FC of Philippines. The final is slated to be held on July 26. — PTI

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Mexico stun Brazil in football

Mexico City, July 14
Mexico topped an unfamiliar Brazil 1-0 in the first round of the Gold Cup, while Copa America champions Colombia moved closer to the tournament’s quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Jamaica.

Jared Borgetti scored the decisive goal for Mexico in the 79th minute yesterday, but it was Brazil and its young crop of players that dominated most of the match.

Brazil, who sent their under-23 team, are stocked with Robinho, Kaka and Diego. Many believe the trio will be top performers during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

But is was Daniel Osorno who set up Mexico’s game-winner by shaking off his defender and feeding a centering pass from the left side to Borgetti, who headed the ball home from point-blank range.

“This was an important triumph for our players’ confidence,” Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe said.

“The team didn’t play a great game, but the players gave a strong performance.”

In the opening minutes, Mexico moved the ball deep into Brazil’s zone several times, but Brazil used a ragged-but-swarming defence to frustrate the home team and the late-arriving crowd of 70,000 at the Mexican capital’s cavernous Azteca Stadium.

“We could have come away with a victory,” Brazil coach Ricardo Gomes said. “We had better opportunities to score than they did.”

Mexico’s best chance came in the 10th minute when Rafael Garcia broke free in the centre and fired a shot from the top of the box.

The strike beat Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes, but sailed wide of the right post. — AP

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Coach praises volleyball team

New Delhi, July 14
India may have missed the world champions’ tag by a whisker in the world under-19 volleyball tournament in Thailand, but coach GE Sridharan said the performance has established the country’s potential in the game at the international level.

“No doubt it is quite disappointing to lose in the final despite putting up a brave fight. But our performance has made the world aware of what we can do in future,” Sridharan told reporters at the airport soon after the arrival of the team from Thailand.

India, who started as underdogs in the championship, stunned several higher ranked teams, including Brazil, in the league stage of the competition before losing the final.

Though India put up a spirited performance in the final and even took lead in the first two sets, they faltered at the end to lose the match 0-3 rpt 0-3 against Brazil.

“You cannot afford to make mistakes against teams like Brazil who have won the title six times so far. Though we played really well to beat Brazil in the league match, unfortunately we made a few errors in the final which proved decisive in the end,” said the coach.

The team was accorded a warm reception on their arrival here in the afternoon and the Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) president Sivanthi Adityan and secretary-general K Murugan flew in from Chennai to welcome the players.

Sridharan attributed India’s fine show in the championship to hard work and said the result could boost the game in the country.

“The boys had worked hard for the championship and they put in their best effort there. All played to their potential and it was complete teamwork.

“I hope the showing will definitely boost the morale of the players and the game in a big way in the country. Hopefully people will show more interest in the game after this.”

Captain of the side, Rathish Nair, lauded the performance of spiker Sanjay Kumar and S Kamaraj, who was adjudged the best setter in the competition.

“All played well but these two contributed immensely in our progress to the final.

“We played well in blocking, attacking and serving but Kamraj proved that he is the best setter in the world at the moment,” Nair said.

He also said the second-place finish was just the beginning of a “glorious future.”

“We are keen to take the game to new heights and I am confident that we have the potential to do so. Beating many formidable opponents in Thailand was not just a fluke. It was the outcome of a lot of hardwork, dedication and determination.”

Impressed with the under-19 boys’ recent successes, the VFI today announced a cash incentive of Rs 20 lakh for the junior team.

The amount will be given to them for their title triumph in the Asian Volleyball Championship in April and their second-place finish in the World (U-19) Championship in Thailand . — PTI

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High altitude training helpful: Pillay
Ambika Sharma

Solan, July 14
The captain of the Indian hockey team, Dhanraj Pillay, today said the high altitude training camp organised for the team at Dagshai and Barog was helping the squad to acclimatise itself for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in Holland where similar weather conditions exist. Talking to this correspondent here today, he said since the place was comparable to Holland in terms of height and weather the training was helping the players to build endurance in low oxygen conditions.

Expressing happiness over the team being sponsored by Sahara he said this would provide the much-needed boost to the game and would encourage players. Describing the team as a perfect combination of experience and youth he said they were hopeful of performing well in the Champions Trophy. Pillay, who completes 35 years tomorrow, expressed his desire to celebrate the occasion with his mother but added that celebration with the Indian team was equally good.

Chief coach, Rajinder Singh while stressing on the importance of such camps said if these were organised 3-4 months prior to major tournaments for 3 or 4 weeks, it could do a lot of good to the team. He said the team was trying to focus on the weaknesses of each player through video footage of previous matches. Stress was being laid on scoring field goals and improving coordination.

The team members rise at 6.30 a.m. and go for exercises, including uphill and down hill running.

With major focus on teams like Germany, Holland, Spain and Argentina the squad is laying special stress on improving the game. The team has a number of players from the junior World Cup winning team in addition to experienced stars.

The players are residing at the HPTDC hotel, Pinewood, at Barog. Dileep Tirkey opined that there should be more such sessions to break the monotony and rejuvenate the players.

The HP Sports Minister, Mr Ram Lal, visited Barog last evening and felicitated chief coach Rajinder Singh, assistant coach Baldev Singh, Dhanraj Pillay, goalkeeper Subbaiya and physical trainer Sampat Kumar with a traditional Himachali cap and a shawl.

Jagmeet Ghuman adds: The arrival of the Indian hockey team here has failed to generate enthusiasm among locals who have so far shown little interest towards stars of Indian hockey. Only a few autograph seekers and a group of local media men vying to get something new could be seen near the hotel. The team’s visit to Army Public School, Dagshai, for exercises has also failed to generate much hype. Morever, after seeing the players jam-packed in locally arranged taxis for the journey to Dagshai, the common refrain was that had the Indian cricket team arrived here, the arrangements for players would have been top class. Ironically most of local youths though quite familiar with names of cricket stars, are unaware of the hockey stars and the only familiar face to them was of Pillay. The security provided to the team was also poor.

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Punjab cops crash out of Murugappa hockey

Chennai, July 14
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) authored a major upset, stunning formidable Punjab Police 2-1 to enter the quarterfinals from pool D in the 81st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament here today.

As the Punjab Police strikers led by skipper Gabbar Singh and Sarabjit Singh struggled to find their form, the bankmen, exhibiting dazzling stick work, went into the lead through M. Senthil in the 17th minute.

Running down the right flank off a pass from the centre, Senthil hoodwinked the defence and sounded the board with a superb finish.

The policemen, ironically, had the better of exchanges in the first session in which they muffed half a dozen penalty corners. They came close to scoring off the fifth corner, but Jaskaran Singh’s shot was saved on the goal-line by Sasikaran.

The bankmen went into the second session with Punjab Police under pressure and they enhanced the lead in the 47th minute when K.S. Appanna, who was constantly harassing the rival defence, found the target off a pass from D. Felix.

However, the policemen managed to reduce the lead in the next minute when Gabbar Singh deflected the ball home off a feeder from the left by Ramdev Singh.

IOB totally dominated the session and also forced five penalty corners. But none of them were productive.

The bankmen, with one win and a loss, finished behind Karnataka from the three-team group. Punjab Police crashed out of the tournament with two losses. — UNI

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Narrow win for Indian cricketers 

London, July 14
India 'A' squeezed through by the narrowest of margin when they beat Lancashire by one wicket in their one-day match at Stanley Park, Blackpool, yesterday to continue their fine run in England.

Set a victory target of 192, India 'A' managed to reach the score for the loss of nine wickets in 44.4 overs.

Earlier, India 'A' stand-in skipper Hemang Badani won the toss and decided to let the bowlers have a go at the hosts and the seamer trio did not disappoint.

On a bowler-friendly pitch, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji and Avishkar Salvi ran through the Lancashire innings to bowl them out for 191 runs in 47 overs, thanks mainly to two gritty half centuries by Christopher Schofield and Gregor Maiden.

Lancashire lost their first wicket with just four runs on the board when Salvi had their skipper Mark Chilton caught behind by Guatam Gambhir, who was keeping wickets in place of a rested Parthiv Patel. Chilton's contribution was two.

The other opener Malachy Loye and Mark Currie then came together and were looking to settle down when Balaji had Loye caught by Badani for 12 runs to make it 26 for two.

Balaji struck another two quick blows to leave the home team struggling at 30 for four.

Pathan was the pick of the Indian bowlers taking four wickets for 19 runs from 10 overs, while Salvi and Balaji took three each.

Chasing 192 to win the match, India 'A' got off to a poor start when they lost their first wicket with just four runs on the board. opener S Sriram lbw to Oliver Newby for one.

SCOREBOARD

Lancashire: Loye c Badani b Balaji 12, Chilton c Gambhir b Salvi 2, Currie b Pathan 11, Swann c Gambhir b Balaji 0, Rees c Gambhir b Balaji 0, Schofield not out 69, Haynes b Pathan 6, Mahmood lbw b Pathan 0, Wood b Pathan 0, Maiden b Salvi 62, Newby lbw b Salvi 0. Extras: (b 4, lb 2, w 20, nb 3) 29. Total: (all out in 47 overs) 191. FoW: 1/4, 2/26, 3/30, 4/30, 5/37, 6/54, 7/54, 8/61, 9/191. Bowling: Salvi 10-2-38-3, Pathan 10-1-19-4, Balaji 9-2-37-3, Kartik 9-0-42-0, Bharadwaj 4-0-21-0, Sriram 5-0-28-0.

India 'A': Sriram lbw b Newby 1, Gambhir c Haynes b Newby 8, Parab c & b Maiden 17, Rayudu c Chilton b Wood 21, Badani b Maiden 20, Gavaskar b Mahmood 3, Bharadwaj c Chilton b Mahmood 23, Kartik c Haynes b Wood 12, Balaji c Rees b Mahmood 18, Pathan not out 19, Salvi not out 20. Extras: (lb 10, w 13, nb 7) 30. Total: (9 wickets, in 44.4 overs) 192. FoW: 1/4, 2/14, 3/45, 4/70, 5/82, 6/88, 7/115, 8/133, 9/155 Bowling; Wood 10-2-34-2, Newby 10-1-60-2, Mahmood 10-1-28-3, Chilton 2-0-12-0, Maiden 10-2-36-2, Schofield 2.4-0-12-0. — UNI

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Sehwag hits quickfire 76 in county cricket

London, July 14
Virender Sehwag scored a quickfire 76 from 59 balls to steer Leicestershire Foxes to a 76-run victory over Worcestershire Royals in a National Cricket League one-day match at Oakham School last evening.

Sehwag, who hammered eight fours and three sixes, put on a breezy 129 with his opening partner Trevor Ward (68) in 15 overs, the county’s highest for any wicket in its five-year history.

Leicestershire’s score of 295 for seven looked vulnerable at one stage as Worcestershire Royals needed 120 from 15 overs with eight wickets in hand.

However, a decisive bowling spell from Jeremy Snape, who took three wickets in 16 balls, sealed the fate of the Royals.

Earlier, an estimated 2,000-strong crowd got their money’s worth as Sehwag and Ward tore apart the bowling attack, promoting visions of a total approaching 350. But some good piece of bowling by Batty, the off spinner, and David Leatherdale put the brakes on the Foxes.

In another tie, Indian middle order batsman Mohammad Kaif scored 44 as Derbyshire beat Sussex by six wickets at Arundel last evening. Riding on a 129-run knock by M W Goodwin, Sussex scored 232 for six in 45 overs. Derbyshire reached the target with six wickets in hand and 3.1 overs to spare. — PTI 

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India to play extra cricket practice tie

Sydney July 14
The Indian cricket team will play an additional tour match as part of its Australian itinerary later this year.
India will take on Queensland XI in a three-day match at Allan Border Field in Brisbane (November 29 to December 1), a press note from Cricket Australia said here today.

The scheduling of an extra fixture results in two changes to the tour programme in matches featuring India against Victoria and a Prime Minister’s XI.

The three-day match between India and Victoria, originally scheduled to start on November 27 in Melbourne, will now start two days earlier on November 25.

The limited-over game against a Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra, originally scheduled for December 1, will now be played on January 28, 2004. — PTI

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Suspended sentence for Cork

London, July 14
Former England allrounder Dominic Cork has received a suspended sentence for swearing at an opponent during a 20-over match between his county Derbyshire and Leicestershire. — Reuters

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Russian Isinbayeva vaults to new world mark

Gateshead, July 14
Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women’s pole vault when she cleared 4.82 metres at the Super Grand Prix meeting here yesterday.
With her second attempt at the height, 21-year-old Isinbayeva added a centimetre to the record set by Olympic champion Stacy Dragila of the USA two years ago.

Her performance came at the end of a meeting which featured a controversial 100 metres won by European champion Dwain Chambers after his main rivals failed to hear the recall gun on a false start.

The race had taken a farcical twist after US champion Bernard Williams, Commonwealth champion Kim Collins and in-form American John Capel ran all the way through the line despite the recall gun sounding after a false start.

The officials ruled the re-run race must go ahead straight away and Chambers roared through to take victory as, perhaps not surprisingly, Williams tied up and Collins faded.

A strong headwind reduced Chambers’ time to 10.27 sec, his fellow Briton Mark Lewis-Francis was second in 10.35 sec while Capel, the winner of Friday’s Golden League meeting in Rome, was fourth and Williams sixth.

Isinbayeva, the European silver medallist last year who first showed her promise when she won the world junior title in 2000, beat the European champion Svetlana Feofanova into second place. Feofanova only cleared 4.54 m.

“As I came up to jump I was thinking this is not a world record jump, its just one of those jumps I do in training everyday.

“Its only 4.82, I have done that many times before (in training). Just go for it without any worries,” said Isinbayeva after picking up a cheque for $ 50,000 for her record.

The middle-distance revelation of the season, Abraham Chebii, outkicked fellow Kenyan Leonard Mucheru in the home straight to sprint to victory in the 3000 metres in 7:45.93.

Chebii showed no ill effects from two victories in the space of eight days over double Olympic 10,000 m champion Haile Gebrselassie.

Two days after he won in Rome, reigning world champion Hicham El Guerrouj eased to victory in the 1,500 m, winning in 3:33.41 from Kenya’s Paul Korir and David Krummenacker of the USA.

Allen Johnson made it ten wins in his last ten races with an imperious run in the 110m hurdles, the American crossing the line in 13.37 sec. European champion Christian Olsson of Sweden proved he is now the king of the triple jump as he beat world record holder Jonathan Edwards with a massive leap of 17.92 metres to the 37-year-old Briton’s 17.61 m. — AFP

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Woods blinded by Royal St George’s

Sandwich (England), July 14
Tiger Woods played Royal St George’s for the first time yesterday and said he might need a few more rounds to get a feel for this British Open.
On some holes, he couldn’t figure out which way to go. On others, he couldn’t believe where his ball wound up.

“There’s a lot of blind shots,” Woods said after playing 18 holes with Charles Howell III on a warm, windy day on the southeastern coast.

“You’re going to have to play a few rounds to get an idea where to go,” he said. “On a couple of holes, I didn’t know which way to go.”

Which holes? “I can’t remember,” Woods said with a laugh. His only experience of Royal St George’s is videotape of 1993, the last time the British Open was held on the quirky links. Greg Norman won that year, closing with a 64 to hold off Nick Faldo and a collection of the game’s best players.

Norman’s 13-under 267 stands as the British Open record, and it might be safe if the weather continues to be unseasonably sunny and warm. It has left the fairways brown and brittle, and the wind coming off Pegwell Bay makes it hard to control tee shots.

Woods found that to be the case on the 460-yard 18th hole.

He had a driver in his hand, then put that back and chose a 2-iron. He paused again, selecting a 3-wood, and his tee shot into a right-to-left wind rolled all the way into a bunker. He dropped a ball short of the bunker, and his approach bounced onto and over the green.

Woods said the firm, fast conditions remind him of St Andrews, where he completed the career Grand Slam three years ago with an eight-shot victory.

Only this course is nothing like St Andrews.

While Royal St George’s has its share of bunkers, the humps and hollows along the fairway make it difficult to keep the ball in the short grass.

“The fairways are the most severe I’ve seen,” Woods said.

On the 458-yard 17th, Woods hit a 2-iron that drew gently to the middle of the fairway. The massive mounding — which looks like someone did a bad job burying elephants — kicked his ball into the left rough.

“The slopes are steep,” Woods said. “You saw what happened on 17. I hit it right down the middle and it’s in the rough, because I hit it too firm.” — AP

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Swimming title for Chinese pair

Barcelona, July 14
China’s Lao Lishi and Li Ting fought off a strong Australian challenge to win the women’s 10-metre synchronised platform gold at the World Swimming Championship here yesterday.

The teenage pair scored a combined 344.58 points after five dives to lead Australia’s Loudy Tourky and Lynda Dackiw, who took silver with 323.24 points.

Russia’s Yevgenya Olshevskaya and Svetlana Timoshinina, who won silver two years ago in Japan, moved up from seventh position in the morning’s preliminaries to take bronze with 300.12 points.

Fifteen-year-old Lao and Li, (16), held on to the title won last time by compatriots Duan Qing and Sang Xue despite a last-minute stumble when they flopped in their penultimate dive to earn as low as a 4. — AFP

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Badminton singles titles for Yogesh

Mandi, July 14
Yogesh of Solan District outplayed Lokesh of Mandi District 15-18, 15-1 to lift the men's singles title in the final of the HP State Hot Weather Prize Money State Open Badminton Championship here at the newly constructed town hall yesterday. In women's singles Kamini Shandil of Shimla ousted Poonam Patial also from Shimla 11-2, 11-1 to lift the cup.

In the boys under-13 singles Ishan Bhasin of Solan beat Vikas Thakur of Sirmour 15-3, 15-7. In the junior boys under-19 singles, Sunil of Mandi upset Datul of the same town 15-8, 15-9. The duo of Sunil and Datul managed to clinch the doubles title for Mandi overpowering Akhil and Nikhil of Shimla 7-15, 15-11, 15-6.

Kiran Chauhan swept both the titles in the girls junior under-19 singles and under-16 singles by defeating Rupali of Mandi 11-5, 11-4 and Smriti of Solan 11-7, 11-1, respectively. In the mini girls under-13 segment Malvika beat Rindhi Sen 5-11, 13-10, 11-6. 

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Akin, Swati excel in swimming meet
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 14
The fifth Ambala District Swimming Championship culminated at War Heroes Memorial stadium, here yesterday.
In men’s 50m freestyle, Vikas Khandekar came first, Gurmeet Singh second and Gopesh Walia third. In 100m freestyle, Yadvinder Singh finished first, S Gaur second and Veeraj Sharma third. In 50m backstroke, Karan Bhola came first, Arun Narula second and Divian third.

In boys G-1, 50m freestyle, Anand Bhardwaj came first, Kshitij Bansal second and Mohit Malhotra third. In 50m breaststroke, Anand Bhardwaj was first, Manu Gulati second and Robin third. In 100m freestyle, Akarshit Kumar was first, Vaibhav Miglani second and Nipun third.

In boys G-2, 50m freestyle, Nalin Swami was first, Atul Kataria second and Prashant third. In 100m freestyle, Nalin Swami finished first, Atul Kataria second and Randeep Singh third.

In boys G-3, 50m freestyle, Akin Sharda was first, Ram Swaroop Sharma second and Manish Batra third. In 50m breaststroke, Akin Sharda came first, Rhythm second and Shashank third. In 100m freestyle, Akin Sharda was first, Rhythm second and Kartik Nayyar third.

In boys G-4, 50m freestyle, Vasu Sharma was first, Nishant Uppal second and Lokesh Gupta third. In 100m freestyle, Vasu Sharma was first, Partik Goyal second and Nishant Uppal third.

In girls G-1, 50m freestyle, Priyanka Vashisht was first, Seema second and Megha Kalra third. In 50m backstroke, Mansi Sharma was first, Priyanka Vashisht second and Priyanka Kalra third.

In girls G-2, 50m freestyle, Swati Sharma was first, Twisha Sharma second and Rashmi Kumari third. In 50m backstroke, Swati Sharma was first, Komal Sharma second and Rashmi third. In 100m freestyle, Swati Sharma was first, Parwinder Kaur second and Harvinder Kaur third.

In girls G-3, 50m freestyle, Parvinder Kaur came first, Paroma second and Arushi third. In girls G-4, 100m freestyle, Sharya Kapil finished first and Sarah Mann came second.

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Mahesh Bhupathi poses with junior Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza
Mahesh Bhupathi poses with junior Wimbledon doubles champion Sania Mirza in Bangalore on Sunday. — PTI photo

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NO PARTNERSHIP WITH PAES: MAHESH
BANGALORE:
Indian Davis Cup star Mahesh Bhupathi on Sunday ruled out renewing his partnership with Leander Paes in the doubles events in the professional circuit. Talking to newspersons at the Tennis Village, run by his father Krishna Bhupathi on the outskirts of the city, Mahesh said there was no chance of the two combining together “at least till the end of this year.’’ Mahesh, who stumbled in the doubles final at the Wimbledon, said it was a tough match. Partnering Max Mirnyi of Belarus, he lost to the defending champions Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden and Todd Woodbridge of Australia. Mahesh would, after a brief vacation here, return to the USA and play some warm-up tournaments in Washington, besides the Canadian Open before the US Open. — UNI

CRICKET PROMOTION
KARACHI:
Singapore cricket coach Brendon Kuruppu has called on India and Pakistan to restore cricketing links for the benefit of the sport across Asia.
Mr Kuruppu said previous one-day tournaments featuring India and Pakistan hosted by Singapore had generated precious funds for the city’s cricket authorities. “Singapore is a fledgling cricket nation and looks to Pakistan and India for the promotion of the game,” said Kuruppu, a former Sri Lankan Test player who is now coaching Singapore’s team. “We hope India and Pakistan revive their cricket as the deadlock is hurting cricket in the region badly,” he said.— AFP

David Beckham signs autographs
David Beckham signs autographs after the wedding of David Gardener and Davinia Taylor in Chelford, England, on Sunday. — AP/PTI 

BECKHAM VILLA
DUBAI:
David Beckham and Michael Owen are among 11 English footballers who have bought holiday homes on the palm tree-shaped island being built off Dubai coast in the United Arab Emirates, media reported on Monday.
Beckham will have former Manchester United team-mates Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Wes Brown and Nicky Butt as neighbours when the billion-dollar resort is completed in two years. Wayne Bridge, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Kieron Dyer and David James have also signed contracts to buy luxury five-bedroom villas on the island, along with England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence and physio Stephen Slattery. The purchases, reported on Sunday, were confirmed by the developer. — DPA

HOUSE BURGLED
LONDON:
The home of England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson in North London was burgled while he was away on holiday, local media reported on Sunday.
The break-in at the Swede’s four-storey town house in Regents Park took place on Sunday but the Metropolitan Police said they did not know whether anything had been stolen. Thieves are believed to have scaled a garden wall before breaking in through a rear window. Eriksson and his partner Nancy Dell’Olio, an Italian lawyer, who are thought to be in Sweden or at Eriksson’s villa in Portugal, have been informed about the raid. Eriksson reportedly paid £ 2,550,000 for the luxury residence which was designed by Buckingham Palace architect John Nash. — DPA

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