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Rajinder sacked, Germany’s Gerhard Rach new coach
Dusseldorf, July 19
Rajinder Singh
In a move intended to deliver the worst humiliation, Rajinder Singh was flown all the way to Germany before being sacked today as the coach of the Indian hockey team. The Indian Hockey Federation named Germany’s Gerhard Rach as the new coach of the team for the Athens Olympics.
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Zaheer looked almost short of limping
Zaheer KhanT
he Indians, after having set high standards for themselves, were found wanting in the shock defeat against the hosts. The Sri Lankans had all the cylinders firing right from winning the toss. But then, does that mean that India are an overrated side?

Aussies to play first Test in Bangalore
New Delhi, July 19
The Australian cricket team will begin their tour of India with a three-day match against the Board President’s XI at Hyderabad from September 30 to October 2, followed by four Test matches at Bangalore (October 6 to 10), Chennai (October 14 to 18), Nagpur (October 26 to 30) and Mumbai (November 3 to 7).

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Monday. — PTI photo
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya addressing a press conference

Dalmiya clarifies on Azhar

Azhar has right to earn: Kapil
New Delhi, July 19
Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev today said the issue of Mohammad Azharuddin, banned for life for his alleged involvement in match-fixing, has dragged for long and it was time the Indian cricket board and the International Cricket Council sorted it out.


A young player practices during the opening ceremony of Manchester United Soccer School in Hong Kong on Monday
A young player practices during the opening ceremony of Manchester United Soccer School in Hong Kong on Monday. Manchester United Soccer School, which is the first of its kind in Asia, will provide the opportunity for young players aged 8-15 to work with coaches from one of the world's biggest football clubs. — Reuters

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Sri Lankan off spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan shows his bowling techniques Sri Lankan off spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan, right, shows his bowling techniques to Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh at the Rangiri Dambulla cricket stadium in Dambulla, 110 km northeast of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. — AP/PTI

Every 3rd World Cup in sub-continent?
New Delhi, July 19
The Indian sub-continent may get a chance to host every third edition of the ICC World Cup, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
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Brazil, Uruguay enter semis
Piura (Peru), July 19
Traditional powers Brazil and Uruguay set up a semifinal showdown by trouncing two group winners in the Copa America football tournament. Brazil outclassed Mexico 4-0 at Miguel Grau Stadium, after Uruguay eliminated Paraguay 3-1 from a goal down at Tacna yesterday. Brazil and Uruguay will meet in Wednesday’s semifinal in Lima for the first time at the Copa since the 1999 final, which Brazil won 3-0. Argentina and defending champion Colombia meet in the first semifinal at National Stadium tomorrow.


Brazil's Renato (L) and Mexico's Adolfo Bautista jump for the ball during the first half of their Copa America quarterfinal match in Piura, Peru, on Sunday. —Reuters photo
Brazil's Renato and Mexico Adolfo Bautista jump for the ball during the first half of their Copa America quarterfinal match

Devers, Crawford shine in trials
Sacramento, July 19
Hurdler Gail Devers made her fifth Olympic team at the age of 37 and Shawn Crawford won a high-profile 200 metres on the concluding day of the US Olympic trials.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav with Pakistan's former cricket captain Javed Miandad
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav with Pakistan's former cricket captain Javed Miandad in Lucknow on Monday. —PTI

Davenport pips Venus for title
Stanford, July 19
Lindsay Davenport held off Venus William 7-6 (7/4), 5-7 (7/4) to win third Bank of the West Classic titles. Davenport snapped a six-match losing streak to Williams in the longtime rivals’ 23rd meeting on Sunday — and quite possibly the best.

High jumpers Roy, Starley share record
Chennai, July 19
But for the lone record shared by high jumpers Hari Shankar Roy (Bengal) and Benedict Starley of Tamil Nadu, for the second day running, the performance of the athletes was far below expectation in the 44th Inter-State Athletics Championship here this evening.

Mansa boys basketball champs
Chandigarh, July 19
Hosts Mansa won the boys team title in the 31st Punjab State Sub-Junior Basketball Championship which concluded at the floodlit courts of Government Senior Secondary School, Bhaini Bagga, in Mansa last night. Mansa defeated Bathinda 54-43 in an exciting last league match.

Badminton championship

Swedish high jumper Kajsa Bergqvist is carried off the field by her coach Yannick Tregaro Swedish high jumper Kajsa Bergqvist is carried off the field by her coach Yannick Tregaro after tearing her achilles tendon during a track and field gala in Baastad, Sweden, on Sunday. A bronze medallist at the World Championships in Paris as well as indoor world champion last year, Bergqvist was one of Sweden's golden hopes for the Athens Olympics next month. — AP/PTI

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Rajinder sacked, Germany’s Gerhard Rach new coach

Dusseldorf, July 19
In a move intended to deliver the worst humiliation, Rajinder Singh was flown all the way to Germany before being sacked today as the coach of the Indian hockey team.

The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) named Germany’s Gerhard Rach as the new coach of the team for the Athens Olympics. Rach is thus the first-ever foreigner to have been appointed chief coach of the Indian team.

Rach’s compatriot Oliver Kurtz along with former Indian Olympian Jagbir Singh are the two assistant coaches.

However, the IHF has dispensed with the services of Dutch goalkeeping coach Frank Lister.

Hardip Singh Dhillon will be the manager of the team for the second successive Olympics. He was also with the squad at Sydney, while Dr Saju Joseph has been retained as the trainer.

Rajinder’s fate was still perhaps a shade better than Cedric D’Souza’s who was unceremoniously discarded in the midst of the 2002 Kuala Lumpur world cup. D’Souza, before he got the boot, was hailed as a very competent coach.

That Rajinder’s days were numbered as a coach became obvious when Jagbir Singh was appointed as assistant coach prior to the team’s departure for Germany.

Despite these straws it was expected that he (Rajinder) will be allowed to continue till the Olympics with Jagbir having the major say.

Rajinder till the other day was the ‘darling’ of the federation. He was the coach of the team which won the Asia cup for the first and inaugural Afro-Asian Games title and was with the squad which did so well in Australia and Germany last year.

The ignominy might have been inevitable given the state of Indian hockey. According to the IHF Chief K.P.S. Gill, the changes were necessary because coaching was not upto mark.

“We have to review the whole thing urgently because Olympics is just three weeks away”, he said. The two Germans who have been named coaches are no great shakes. But perhaps this is the way IHF wanted to send a message that it was least bothered about the media reports which damned them.

Cocking a snook at the reports that Rach was convicted for fraud and Kurtz had tested positive for cocaine use, the IHF named them coaches for the all-important assignment.

Interestingly, these two were initially appointed coaches of the team for the European tour but now will be with the Indians at Athens. The sacking drama is one more sordid episode in the chequered IHF history.

M.K. Kaushik, who coached India to a Asian Games Gold after a gap 32 years, learnt it hard way. He was summarily dismissed. D’Souza must be rueing the day he accepted IHF’s recall. In between there were several others who came and went unsung and unheralded including Pargat Singh.

Be that as it may, if the sacking of D’Souza was a tragedy, dismissal of Rajinder is farce. — UNI

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Zaheer looked almost short of limping
Javagal Srinath

The Indians, after having set high standards for themselves, were found wanting in the shock defeat against the hosts. The Sri Lankans had all the cylinders firing right from winning the toss.

But then, does that mean that India are an overrated side? It’s definitely not. It’s true that India’s mighty batting line-up could not fetch a victory this time. The true strength of the team is evaluated in terms of the resilient nature of the side and how well they stage a comeback from the jaws of defeat.

Indians bowlers were guilty of giving away too many no balls and wides. The 16 extra balls didn’t do any good to their bowling analysis. We all understand that given the aggression of the batsmen in one-day matches, even good balls go for runs.

Sometimes, even a great bowler ends up giving away runs despite bowling well. But bowling wides and no balls is entirely in the hands of the bowlers. Wides and no balls are the only indication of the apparent rustiness of a bowler. That’s one area where the team will have to work a lot in the next few training sessions.

Zaheer seems to have not recovered fully from his injuries. He appeared almost short of limping in his last few overs. Ganguly did the right thing by finishing Zaheer’s spell at a stretch. I would be surprised if Zaheer plays further in the tournament.

When a bowler suffers an injury during his spell, it’s always advisable to continue his bowling at length and ask him to leave the field. Once the body cools down it is almost impossible to do any justice on the field.

The evening conditions helped the Sri Lankan medium pacers. Dambulla is no different from the typical subcontinent wickets, where the evening moisture and breeze aid the bowlers with swing and bounce. Zoysa and the evergreen Muralitharan turned the heat on the Indians all through the innings. The tall, left-handed Zoysa extracted disconcerting bounce from one end and Murali turned the ball at will from the other.

And please, do not forget the dark horse of the Sri Lankan bowling attack, Ferveez Maharoof. I was greatly impressed by this new lad who bowled with tremendous control in the death overs. A well-disguised slower delivery, along with yorkers and highly controlled wicket-to-wicket bowling made him the most effective bowler. Maharoof excelled under pressure with his variations coupled with accuracy.

A cool-headed Sangakkara, who is supposedly the brain behind the Sri Lankan batting, rallied the innings till the end. The partnership between Sangakkara and Jayawardane was structured very well. Their initial approach of running the ones and twos and the calculated aggression in the slog overs appeared to be a well-executed plan.

The surprising change in the Indian batting order will call for some criticism. The decision, perhaps, was taken to make use of the flamboyant batting skills of diminutive wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

Although not many would understand the rationale behind that decision, the team must have decided to experiment. This was the best chance to see how Parthiv would respond under such circumstances. It’s a well-known fact that a lot of cricketers blossom under pressure and when burdened with more responsibilities. With Parthiv not doing much, the decision may have looked a bit silly, but had the youngster clicked, then Ganguly would been the champion.

The Indian team will now go back to the drawing board to iron out the flaws. Frankly, there is not much to panic. We have seen that the pattern of this Indian team is to suffer a jolt before they start settling scores. Some may accuse me of sounding too optimistic about this team, but it is only fair to say that I can read the pulse better. — PTI 

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Aussies to play first Test in Bangalore
M.S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, July 19
The Australian cricket team will begin their tour of India with a three-day match against the Board President’s XI at Hyderabad from September 30 to October 2, followed by four Test matches at Bangalore (October 6 to 10), Chennai (October 14 to 18), Nagpur (October 26 to 30) and Mumbai (November 3 to 7).

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya said here today, after the conclusion of the two-day Working Committee meeting, that the South African team, who will follow the Australians, will play two Tests at Kanpur (November 20 to 24) and Kolkota (November 20 to 24). South Africa will begin their tour with a three-day match against the Board President’s XI at Jaipur from November 14 to 16.

Mr Dalmiya said the Working Committee has also decided to host the BCCI Platinum Jubilee One-Day International match between India and Pakistan at Kolkata on November 14, which is the birth day of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and is celebrated as the Children’s Day. The proceeds of the match will go to the BCCI kitty, as it has been allotted to the board.

The Working Committee has also decided to appoint former Indian captain and Test umpire Srinivas Venkataraghavan as the director of umpires, and the BCCI would soon set up an Umpires’ Academy. Mr Dalmiya said the board has made “net practice” mandatory for umpires and its affiliated units would be advised to conduct “net sessions” for umpires at the time of the practice sessions of the state-level teams.

The BCCI has given authorisation to write two cricket-specific books as part of its platinum jubilee celebrations, with noted Yoga guru Dr BKS Iyengar penning a Yoga Workbook and Sandy Gordon writing on Sports Psychology.

Mr Dalmiya said an International Cricket Council (ICC) delegation, consisting of its president Ehsan Mani, chief executive Malcolm Speed and general manager (corporate affairs) Brendan McClements met the Working Committee members and appreciated the BCCI proposal for allotment of every third edition of the World Cup to the Indian sub-continent as four of the 10 Test-playing countries belong to this region—India,Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He said the ICC was also keen on India hosting the 2006 Champions Trophy, provided the Indian Government relaxes the tax law.

Mr Ehsan Mani was of the view that since other Test playing nations like the West Indies, South Africa and England were “bending backwards” to accommodate the ICC, it was not prepared to forego its profits by hosting ICC events like the World Cup, the Champions Trophy and the Super Series in India. Mr Dalmiya said the ICC also wanted the accounts of the 1996 World Cup settled, as at present, it is lying in a limbo due to the tax hassle.

Mr Dalmiya, who is also the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), also conveyed the BCCI’s concern about the existing Ten-Year Programme of the ICC, and urged it to allot proper time slots for holding bilateral series between India and Pakistan, as well as events like the Asia Cup and the Asian Test Championship.

Dalmiya clarifies on Azhar

The board president clarified that the BCCI did not give accreditation to former Indian cricket captain Mohd Azharuddin to comment on the on-going Asia Cup for a private television channel as “no approach was made, and therefore there was no question of our giving accreditation to Azhar”. He refused to further elaborate on the matter as the Azharuddin case was “sub-judice”.

ICC president Eshan Mani had taken exception to a “tainted” player like Azharuddin commenting on the game despite serving a BCCI ban for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal. Mr Mani said the ICC had “zero tolerance” on corruption and players like Azhar, who were role models to the young, had betrayed their faith.

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Azhar has right to earn: Kapil

New Delhi, July 19
Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev today said the issue of Mohammad Azharuddin, banned for life for his alleged involvement in match-fixing, has dragged for long and it was time the Indian cricket board and the International Cricket Council sorted it out.

“If I have the right to earn and if ICC has the right to earn, so does Azhar. Personally, I feel nobody should be banned from the game,” Kapil told reporters here today.

The former Indian captain was responding to ICC’s statement yesterday that corruption has no place in cricket and that it was extremely disappointed to see Azhar don the cricket commentator’s role for a television network.

“The issue of Azhar has dragged for long and it time the BCCI and ICC sorted out this issue,” said Kapil who was also accused of match-fixing but exonerated later by the BCCI.

Azharuddin, who was slapped a life-ban in December, 2000 after a BCCI inquiry found him guilty of match-fixing, is fighting a court battle against the board.

Reacting to Kapil’s statement, ICC President Ehsan Mani said as far as the ICC was concerned it had made its stand clear yesterday and had nothing more to add to it.

“That’s exactly what we are trying to do (sort out the issue). The BCCI shares our concerns. We made our position clear yesterday. The BCCI is working with us to sort out this issue,” Mani said. — PTI

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Every 3rd World Cup in sub-continent?

New Delhi, July 19
The Indian sub-continent may get a chance to host every third edition of the ICC World Cup, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya.

“The International Cricket Council has appreciated the BCCI’s proposal of the Indian sub-continent hosting every third edition of the World Cup. We are hopeful that the ICC will finally accept the proposal,” Mr Dalmiya told newspersons after BCCI’s two-day Working Committee meeting here today.

Mr Dalmiya, however, pointed out that the biggest obstacle before it was the issue of taxation. “The ICC has strongly urged that the taxation issue with the government must be resolved,” he added.

Yesterday, ICC president Ehsan Mani had warned that no ICC events, including the World Cup and Champions Trophy, would be held in India if the taxation policy was not relaxed. — UNI

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Brazil, Uruguay enter semis

Piura (Peru), July 19
Traditional powers Brazil and Uruguay set up a semifinal showdown by trouncing two group winners in the Copa America football tournament.
Brazil outclassed Mexico 4-0 at Miguel Grau Stadium, after Uruguay eliminated Paraguay 3-1 from a goal down at Tacna yesterday.

Brazil and Uruguay will meet in Wednesday’s semifinal in Lima for the first time at the Copa since the 1999 final, which Brazil won 3-0. Argentina and defending champion Colombia meet in the first semifinal at National Stadium tomorrow.

Adriano became the Copa America’s leading scorer with five goals after he netted for Brazil in the 65th and 78th minutes to make it 3-0. He drew the penalty which Alex converted in the 27th minute, and backheeled to replacement striker Ricardo Oliveira, who scored into an empty goal in the 87th minute.

“This win leaves no doubt that we played better,” Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. “We dominated from minute one.”

The victory ended Brazil’s six-game drought against CONCACAF champion Mexico, after four losses and two draws since a 2-0 win in the 1999 Copa semifinals.

Brazil lorded over Mexico, which struggled to break down the defence and outstanding goalkeeper Julio Cesar, and squandered a bunch of corners and the few good scoring chances.

“We can’t make these mistakes against a team like Brazil,” said Mexico assistant coach Jorge Campos.

In Tacna, Uruguay continued to confound its own supporters by downing Paraguay 3-1 on two second-half goals by Sevilla forward Dario Silva.

Silva scored the game-winner only a minute after Uruguay were reduced to 10 men. Despite struggling in World Cup qualifying and being snarled in a bitter pay dispute with its national federation, Uruguay reached the last four for a third successive Copa.

The victory was also Uruguay’s 100th in the Copa, second only to Argentina’s 105 since 1916. Carlos Gamarra, one of the few veterans in Paraguay’s Olympic squad, opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slipping behind a sleeping Uruguayan defence to score on an expert header off Edgar Barreto’s free kick.

But Gamarra opened the way for Uruguay to equalise in the 39th minute, tripping up forward Carlos Bueno in the penalty area. Bueno easily converted the penalty as goalkeeper Justo Villar dived the other way.

After the break, Uruguay continued to press forward in an open game, and the 14-time champion’s all-out attack paid off again in the 65th minute.

Only a minute before, defender Gustavo Varela was ejected for too many yellow cards, but teammate Silva trapped a pass from Cristian Rodriguez, and swivelled on his right foot to shoot a left-footer which glanced off Paraguayan defender Julio Manzur and in for 2-1.

Silva scored a solo goal in the final minutes, beating a defender onto a long ball and hacking it under Villar. — AP

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Devers, Crawford shine in trials

Sacramento, July 19
Hurdler Gail Devers made her fifth Olympic team at the age of 37 and Shawn Crawford won a high-profile 200 metres on the concluding day of the US Olympic trials.

Devers’s lean at the finish line enabled her to eke out a 100 metres hurdles victory by two-thousandths of a second. She won in 12.547 seconds to Joanna Hayes’s 12.549.

Crawford, the third-place finisher in the men’s 100 metres, claimed gold in the 200 metres in 19.99 seconds. He finished two-hundredths of a second faster than training partner Justin Gatlin, the 100 metres runner-up. Bernard Williams took third place in 20.30 seconds.

Teenager Allyson Felix took first place in the women’s 200 metres in 22.28 seconds, the second fastest time in the world this year. Collegian Muna Lee was placed second in 22.36 seconds with favourite Torri Edwards slipping to third spot in 22.39 seconds.

Edwards, the women’s 100 metres runner-up, faces a hearing on a positive test for a stimulant that could knock her out of next the Olympic Games in Athens in both the 100 and 200 metres.

If Edwards is banned, Devers, the fourth-place finisher in the 100 metres, would move up to the US team in the event. Devers was undecided yesterday whether to accept the spot if it became available.

If Edwards is banned and Devers declines, triple Olympic champion Marion Jones would be the third US representative in the 100 metres. She finished fifth in the 100 metres last weekend, but later won the trials’ long jump.

Olympic champion Stacy Dragila flirted with the world record in the women’s pole vault, missing three times at 4.89 metres. She won the competition at 4.75 metres.

World 110 metres hurdles champion Allen Johnson hit an early hurdle and recovered just in time to grab the final spot on the US team. Johnson clocked 13.25 seconds for the third place.

Olympic silver medallist Terrence Trammell won the event in a lifetime-best 13.09 seconds. Duane Ross finished just ahead of Johnson in 13.21 seconds.— Reuters

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Davenport pips Venus for title

Stanford, July 19
Lindsay Davenport held off Venus William 7-6 (7/4), 5-7 (7/4) to win third Bank of the West Classic titles.
Davenport snapped a six-match losing streak to Williams in the longtime rivals’ 23rd meeting on Sunday — and quite possibly the best. After countless thrilling points in a tense, well-played match stretching nearly three hours, Davenport thrust her arms into the air in relief when Williams final backhand went wide.

Davenport, the second seed, has won three of her finals meeting with Williams at the Stanford tournament, including previous victorious in 1998 and 1999.

Haas bags title

NEW YORK: Tommy Haas lifted his second trophy of 2004 with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over fellow German Nicolas Kiefer in the Mercedes-Benz Cup final in Los Angeles.

Former world number two Haas came from 1-3 down in the opening set and 1-5 down in tiebreak, saving a match point before taking it 8-6. Haas broke Kiefer! in the third game of the second set.

It was Haas’s second win of the year after the US Clay Court Championship in Houston in April, and seventh overall. —Reuters

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High jumpers Roy, Starley share record

Chennai, July 19
But for the lone record shared by high jumpers Hari Shankar Roy (Bengal) and Benedict Starley of Tamil Nadu, for the second day running, the performance of the athletes was far below expectation in the 44th Inter-State Athletics Championship here this evening.

Both Hari Shankar and Benedict came up with a record shattering effort of 2.18 m, erasing the 11-year-old record of 2.17 m set by Chanderpaul of Haryana in the 1993 Open Nationals at Bangalore. But the former jumped his way to the gold on technical count back. The Tamil Nadu star was slightly unlucky when he tried to improve his performance to clear 2.21 m.

It was a neck-and-neck affair as the two employees of the Indian Railways tried to outwit each other.

Thirty-year-old Hari, working as a ticket collector in the Eastern Railway, started well clearing 2.14 m in the very first attempt whereas his Southern Railway counterpart did it only in the third attempt.

The contest became more intriguing when the bar was raised to 2.18 m. And adding an element of interest, both of them came up with a clean jump and cleared it in the very first attempt. With the stage set for an interesting finish, the bar was raised to 2.21 m. While Hari failed in all three attempts, Benedict came close to clearing it in the second, but his thigh brushed the bar while bending and the effort proved futile. His third attempt too was not upto the mark.

This gave Hari, who was hitherto keeping his fingers crossed, gold following his clearance of 2.14 m in the first attempt. For all his efforts, 23-year-old Benedict had to be content with the silver. Vinod Kumar of Delhi won the bronze with a jump of 2.11 m, winning the third place on technical count back as Anil Chahal of Uttar Pradesh also came up with a similar effort.

The absence of top stars had its impact as records were at a premium at the synthetic tracks of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which usually is a happy hunting ground for athletes.

In all, just two records were created (Bobby Aloysius did it in high jump yesterday on her way to booking a berth for the Athens Olympics) in a total 28 finals over the last two days. —UNI 

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Mansa boys basketball champs
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 19
Hosts Mansa won the boys team title in the 31st Punjab State Sub-Junior Basketball Championship which concluded at the floodlit courts of Government Senior Secondary School, Bhaini Bagga, in Mansa last night. Mansa defeated Bathinda 54-43 in an exciting last league match.

Gurdaspur won the girls title defeating Ludhiana 42-16 in their last encounter.

For Mansa, it was their third consecutive title triumph in the boys section. Haarmanjot (26) and Kuldeep (15) were the leading scorers for the home team. They got ample support from Gursewak (six) and Tejveer (five). For Bathinda, Vikramjot (19), Manjeet, Baljeet and Harmeet (eight each) were the main scorers.

In the girls section, Gurdaspur overcame a spirited resistance from Ludhiana in their last encounter. Supported well by Chetna (12), Shivangi (nine), Manpreet and Kulwinder (eight each) and Rohini (five), Gurdaspur girls maintained a comfortable lead throughout. For Ludhiana, Manpreet (15) was the main scorer. 

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Badminton championship
Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 19
The Ambala Open District Badminton Championship will be held from July 29 to August 1.
Mr Rajesh Kumar, honorary general secretary of the Ambala District Badminton Assosciation, said the championship would be held at GMN College, Ambala Cantonment. He said the selected players would represent Ambala in the Haryana State Badminton Championship, which would be held in Faridabad and Sonepat.

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Jordan's Bani Yaseen Basher and South Korea's Lee Dong Gook compete for the ball
Jordan's Bani Yaseen Basher, left, and South Korea's Lee Dong Gook compete for the ball during their Group B match for the Asian Cup 2004 in Jinan, China, on Monday. — AP/PTI

Pushpa wins bronze
Hamirpur:
Pushpa Thakur, a promising athlete of Himachal Pradesh, has won a bronze medal in the 400 metres race at the inter-state athletics meet in Chennai. She has been the state’s best athlete in 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres and 800 metres races for the past eight years.
Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar has lauded the effort of Pushpa, who works in his office as a clerk. — OC

Badminton meet
Dharamsala:
The Kangra District Badminton Association will organise a badminton championship here for juniors, seniors and veterans from July 29 to 31. Entries can be submitted at the badminton hall of Government College, Dharamsala, till July 29, informed Ramesh Sehgal, senior vice-president of the association. — TNS

W. Rly win
Patiala:
Western Railway chalked out a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, on day one of the 17th all-India Inter railway chess tournament here on Monday. Northern Railway downed North-Western Railway 3.5-1 while South-Eastern Railway beat RDSO, Lucknow, 4-0. — OSR

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