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Bangladesh win clash of minnows 
Jaipur, October 13
A masterly century by young opener Shahriar Nafees fashioned Bangladesh’s thumping 101-run victory against Zimbabwe in an inconsequential Champions Trophy qualifier at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here today.





Bangladesh’s Shahriar Nafees celebrates after completing his century during the Champions Trophy qualifier against Zimbabwe in Jaipur on Friday. — Reuters photo

Bangladesh’s Shahriar Nafees celebrates after completing his century during the Champions Trophy qualifier against Zimbabwe in Jaipur

West Indies clash with Lanka today
Mumbai, October 13
Having already booked their place in the tournament, title holders West Indies and Sri Lanka would be keen to keep their momentum going when they clash in the last ICC Champions Trophy qualifying match at the Brabourne Stadium here tomorrow.


 

 


 




Punjab take 29-run lead
Patiala, October 13
Varun Sharma took three wickets for just 11 runs as Punjab skittled out Jammu and Kashmir for 138 on the first day of the three-day match of the Inter-State (Under 22) Cricket Tournament at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today. In reply, Punjab were 167 for 3 at close of play.

PHL to have one tier, two venues
New Delhi, October 13
Known for its innovations, the Premier Hockey League will be held at more than one venue and will feature seven teams in a single tier format in its third edition next year.


Indian Hockey Federation President KPS Gill during a press conference in New Delhi on Friday. — PTI photo
Indian Hockey Federation President KPS Gill during a press conference in

Purav ousts Sanam
New Delhi, October 13
Call it the height of prodigality or lack of temperament. Sanam K. Singh, the eighth-seeded player from Chandigarh, cannot offer any excuse for his defeat at the hands of seventh-seeded Purav Raja of Maharashtra as he squandered his winning chances to lose at 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in the men’s singles semifinal of the DSCL Open National Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association deco-turf court here today.

Army bikers triumph
Shimla, October 13
Dalip Singh of the Army won the Hercules MTB Himachal, the country’s only international mountain biking event, dethroning last year’s champion Norbert Szenthinlosi of Hungary.

Steps taken to put Punjab on top: Pargat
Chandigarh, October 13
Former hockey Olympian Pargat Singh today said several steps had been taken to put Punjab again on top of the sports world.

Punjab cops steal the show
Jalandhar, October 13
Hosts Punjab Police won the overall trophy in boxing, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting and wrestling as the five-day 55th All-India Police Games came to a close at PAP Sports Complex, Jalandhar Cantonment, today.



Players of Punjab Police with their trophies on the conclusion of the All-India Police Games in Jalandhar on Friday. — Photo by S.S. Chopra 

Players of Punjab Police with their trophies on the conclusion of the All-India Police Games in Jalandhar

Chandimandir to host golf tournament
Chandigarh, October 13
Western Command’s Shivalik Golf Course and Environmental Park at Chandimandir would be hosting the 2nd All-India Mid-Amateur Golf Championship 2006-07 from October 17-20.

Paragliding meet gets new name
Palampur, October 13
After failing to generate adequate interest in the Paragliding Pre-World Cup, the government has decided to pull out of the annual event, which has been rechristened the Himalayan Cup and would be managed by a Russian firm.

Haryana win kabaddi titles
Chandigarh, October 13
The kabaddi teams of Haryana clinched the men’s and women’s titles in the 18th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship which concluded at Sector 17 Stadium here today. The Punjab teams, both men and women, stood runners-up.

Jashandeep sets national swimming record
Ropar, October 13 Jashandeep Singh of the Ropar Swimming Association broke the national record in 200m breast stroke in the Punjab State School Games (PSSG) held in Jalandhar on October 8 and 9.

Delhi Half Marathon
New Delhi, October 13
The stage is set for the Hutch Delhi Half Marathon to be held in the Capital on Sunday as many celebrities have confirmed their participation.

HC summons NRAI chief 
New Delhi, October 13
Taking exception to alleged willful defiance of its directions to provide 150 cartridges and a competition card to a national rifle shooter, the Delhi High Court has summoned National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary-General Baljit Singh Sethi to appear before it on November 2.


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Bangladesh win clash of minnows 

Jaipur, October 13
A masterly century by young opener Shahriar Nafees fashioned Bangladesh’s thumping 101-run victory against Zimbabwe in an inconsequential Champions Trophy qualifier at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here today.

Twenty-year-old Nafees hit an unbeaten 123, the highest ODI score by a Bangladesh batsman, to help his team post a competitive 231 for six before their bowlers skittled out Zimbabwe for 130 to give the Asian team a pride-salvaging win in the day-night encounter.

Nafees became the first Bangladesh player to score two one-day hundreds, after his 118 not out against Zimbabwe in August.

Both teams had gone out of reckoning even before the match, but the result helped Bangladesh prove a point or two.

Habibul Bashar’s men went into the match on the back of a humiliating 10-wicket loss to the West Indies and they had also gone down 2-3 to the Zimbabweans in a recent one-day series.

Wicketkeeper-opener Brendan Taylor’s 52 proved to be the lone bright spot in an otherwise gloomy evening for Zimbabwe.

Scoreboard
Bangladesh

Saleh lbw Rainsford 6
Nafees not out 123
Ahmed c Taylor b Ireland 3
Hasan c Rainsford
b Kamungozi 36
Bashar b Rainsford 30
Reza c Utseya b Ireland 0
Mortaza c Chigumbura
b Brent 6
Rafique not out 10
Extras (lb-8, nb-1, w-8) 17
Total (6 wkts, 50 overs) 231
FoW: 1-9, 2-26, 3-110, 4-190, 5-197, 6-211.
Bowling: Rainsford 10-3-41-2, Ireland 9-1-45-2, Brent 7-0-28-1, Chigumbura 5-0-21-0, Utseya 9-1-51-0, Kamungozi 10-0-38-1.

Zimbabwe

Chibhabha lbw Mortaza 16
Taylor st Mashud b Hasan 52
Masakadza run out 2
Strydom b Rafique 4
Matsikenyeri run out 9
Chigumbura c&b Hasan 27
Brent c Bashar b Hasan 10
Utseya b Razzak 3
Ireland b Rafique 1
Rainsford not out 2
Kamungozi b Razzak 0

Extras (b-1, lb-3) 4

Total (all out, 44.4 overs) 130

FoW: 1-26, 2-35, 3-61, 4-78, 5-88, 6-123, 7-123, 8-127, 9-130.

Bowling: Mortaza 7-2-16-1, Reza 6-0-34-0, Razzak 6.4-2-12-2, Rafique 10-1-26-2, Hasan 10-1-18-3, Hossain 3-0-12-0, Saleh 2-0-8-0. — PTI

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West Indies clash with Lanka today

Mumbai, October 13
Having already booked their place in the tournament, title holders West Indies and Sri Lanka would be keen to keep their momentum going when they clash in the last ICC Champions Trophy qualifying match at the Brabourne Stadium here tomorrow.

There’s very little to choose between the cricketers from the Emerald Island and those from the Caribbean and the tie, the first international outing in the splendid setting at the Cricket Club of India in more than a decade, promises to be thrilling contest.

The victors in the match would qualify for Group B in the tournament proper, also comprising South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand. The losers would be pooled together with World Cup champions Australia, India and England in Group A.

Sri Lanka would be interested in making it 10 victories in a row in ODIs starting with a very creditable 5-0 whitewash of England in the latter’s backyard. — PTI

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Punjab take 29-run lead

Patiala, October 13
Varun Sharma took three wickets for just 11 runs as Punjab skittled out Jammu and Kashmir for 138 on the first day of the three-day match of the Inter-State (Under 22) Cricket Tournament at the Dhruv Pandove Stadium here today. In reply, Punjab were 167 for 3 at close of play.

Brief scores: J&K: 138 all out in 43 overs (Asif Rasool 34, Rohit Bhatt 24; Varun Sharma 3-11, Tarun Sharma 2-26, Hardevinder Singh 2-57).

Punjab: 167 for 3 (Munish Bhatia 38, Harkishen Mandora 33, Gaurav Gupta 31 n.o., Uday Kaul 24 n.o.; Adil Miger 2-47, Sameer Ali 1-32). — UNI 

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PHL to have one tier, two venues

New Delhi, October 13
Known for its innovations, the Premier Hockey League will be held at more than one venue and will feature seven teams in a single tier format in its third edition next year.

The tournament, played so far at a single venue featuring 10 teams divided into two tiers, has been repackaged and will be held in Chennai and Chandigarh for over two months.

The tournament will begin in Chennai on January 2 and will move over to Chandigarh after a month, the Indian Hockey Federation and ESPN Star Sports announced at a press conference here today.

Chosen on the basis of their performance last year, the seven teams — Sher-e-Jalandhar, Chandigarh Dynamos, Maratha Warriors, Bangalore Lions, Hyderabad Sultans, Orissa Steelers and Chennai Veerans — will play 42 matches in a double round-robin format.

The top two teams will qualify for the best of three finals. All matches will be played under lights.

Indian Hockey Federation chief KPS Gill said the annual event had given talented players like Shivendra Singh to the country and hoped the tournament would become even a bigger success in future.

“Shivendra Singh, who was the highest goal-scorer for us in the World Cup, has come from the PHL. Besides, many others are also emerging from the tournament which has been quite successful,” he said.

Gill said they would try to get players from Australia and the Netherlands, the countries from where the flow of players for the PHL was almost non-existent.

“We will try to make up for that deficiency in future,” he said.

Leisure Sports Management chairman S.S. Dasgupta said many foreign players were showing interest to take part in the tournament.

“In the first year, we had to run after the foreign players. But, now they are very keen to participate in the PHL,” he said.

R.C. Venkateish, Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, the broadcasters of the tournament, said a few more innovations were being worked out for the third edition of the PHL. “Some innovations are being worked out for the tournament and these will be known at a later date,” he said. — PTI 

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Purav ousts Sanam
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, October 13
Call it the height of prodigality or lack of temperament. Sanam K. Singh, the eighth-seeded player from Chandigarh, cannot offer any excuse for his defeat at the hands of seventh-seeded Purav Raja of Maharashtra as he squandered his winning chances to lose at 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in the men’s singles semifinal of the DSCL Open National Tennis Championship at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association deco-turf court here today.

Sanam, who looked in tremendous control of the match, making Raja run helter-skelter to run up a 5-2 lead, suddenly lost his rhythm and control as Raja changed gear to take his game to a higher level and won the next five games in a row to win the first set. But Sanam Singh made a comeback in the second set winning it 6-3.

In the third set, Sanam was back in his wonted form, retrieving returns from impossible angles and smashing winners with amazing control and accuracy. He looked very well on way to a well-merited victory when he ran up a 4-1 lead, but Raja once again displayed his fighting spirits to stage a remarkable rally to reel off the next five games to turn the match around and sniff out the title hopes of Sanam, who had progressed into the last four stage with some mesmerising tennis. The lilting contest, under blazing sun, consumed two hours and 35 minutes to put on show a classy display.

Purav Raja will take on J. Vishnu Vardhan of Andhra Pradesh in the title clash tomorrow. Vishnu Vardhan, another exciting new tennis kid on the block, put paid to the hopes of fifth-seeded Ashutosh Singh with a ruthless 6-2, 6-1 victory. Breaks in the sixth and eighth games of the first set and the second and the sixth games of the second set gave Vishnu Vardhan the openings he needed to wrap up the match in style.

In the women’s singles semifinals, defending champion and top seed Isha Lakhani and second seed Sandhaya Nagaraj expectedly set-up the title clash with easy wins. Isha Lakhani nosed out fourth seed Sonal Phadke 6-3, 6-1 while Sandhya Nagraj of Tamilnadu ended the dream run of Delhi girl Vishaka Sheoran with a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

Other results: Boys under-18 semifinals: N Sri Ram Balaji (TN) beat Sumit Prakash (UP) 6-3, 6-4; Feroz Mohammad b Arnav Jain 6-2, 6-2. Girls under-18 semis: Kyra Shroff b Parija Maloo 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 (three hours and 25 minutes); Kelsey Dunderam b Madura Ranganathan 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. 

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Army bikers triumph
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 13
Dalip Singh of the Army won the Hercules MTB Himachal, the country’s only international mountain biking event, dethroning last year’s champion Norbert Szenthinlosi of Hungary.

Dalip, along with team-mate Ramesh Chand, had been trailing Norbert for most part of the 656-km rally. They overtook him only in the final leg to bag the first and second positions, respectively. Norbert had to be content with the third place.

In the men’s open category, Dibeen Meetei of the Army won the title, while Kalyan Singh, also from the Army, was the runners-up. Norbert ended up third.

In the women’s open category, Karen Ruth of New Zealand won the title, with Kulbeer Kaur of Chandigarh and Shubha Mehrotra of Pune bagging the second and third positions, respectively.

In the team category, the Army were the winners, bagging the first two positions followed by Firefox of Chandigarh.

Rakesh Mahindra of Chandigarh won the masters category title, while Stephan Polle of Australia was second.

Hercules MTB Himachal is the world’s only third Mountain Terrain Biking Championship after Trans Apls in Europe and Trans Rockies in Canada.

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Steps taken to put Punjab on top: Pargat

Chandigarh, October 13
Former hockey Olympian Pargat Singh today said several steps had been taken to put Punjab again on top of the sports world.

Pargat, who completed one year in office as Director, Sports, Punjab, last month, told mediapersons that the major steps taken in the past year included sanctioning of sports budget for projects, revival of shelved plan, hiking of cash rewards, reintroduction of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award, and the employment of foreign coaches.

Invitation to foreign coaches in track and field, hockey and other priority disciplines are in the pipeline. Physical trainers and psychologists would also be involved in the training programme of Punjab sportspersons in future, he said.

“The Sports Department is focusing on broad-basing sports culture, specialisation and upgradation of coaches’ knowledge, providing improved and competitive environment and upgradation of infrastructure,” he said.

Two world-renowned trainers were invited to Punjab. NBA coach Robert Reid was the first foreign coach to visit Punjab during the Junior National Basketball Championship in Ludhiana to interact with players and the coaches. Italian boxing coach Febrizio Petrino also conducted a 15-day coaching camp for players as well as trainers in Chandigarh,” Pargat said.

“When I joined the Punjab Sports Department on September 22, 2005, I had a clear vision in my mind about what steps I have to take for the betterment of Punjab sportspersons. I am satisfied with my work but there are many more things which have to be done to pave the way for the Punjab players to dominate Indian sports,” Pargat said. — UNI 

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Punjab cops steal the show
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 13
Hosts Punjab Police won the overall trophy in boxing, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting and wrestling as the five-day 55th All-India Police Games came to a close at PAP Sports Complex, Jalandhar Cantonment, today.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh presided over the closing ceremony.

CRPF won the women’s weightlifting title with five lifters creating meet records. In the men’s section, Punjab Police took the overall honours, followed by CRPF.

Punjab Police also emerged on top in boxing, winning the overall title with 60 points, followed by Assam Rifles and CRPF. Ashwani Sharma was declared the best boxer. The hosts also won both the freestyle and Greco-Roman sections to take the wrestling title.

Speaking on the occasion, Capt Amarinder Singh said the government would restore the ranks of sportspersons according to the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The case had been cleared by the Departments of Home and Finance and it now needed an approval by the Cabinet. He asked the Sports Department to work out the modalities for the implementation of 5 per cent quota under the sports category without further delay.

The Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh for the upgradation of infrastructure at the PAP Sports Complex. He also announced a prize of Rs 1 crore for any player from Punjab who would win a gold medal at the Olympics.

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Chandimandir to host golf tournament
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
Western Command’s Shivalik Golf Course and Environmental Park at Chandimandir would be hosting the 2nd All-India Mid-Amateur Golf Championship 2006-07 from October 17-20.

About 100 players are expected to participate in the event, the entries of which were received till yesterday. The tournament is being organised by the Indian Golf Union (IGU), the apex body for golf in the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Gen J.J. Singh is the IGU’s present president.

Golfers between the ages of 30 years to 50 years and having a handicap of 12 or below would be allowed to participate in the tournament. It would consist of four rounds of 18 holes each.

The tournament would be played in accordance with the “stroke play system”, abiding with rules of golf as approved by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in the United Kingdom.

This is for the first time that a tournament organised by the IGU is being held at Chandimandir. The Shivalik Golf Course is considered one of the finest courses in this part of the country and has in the past played host to various service events as well as some civilian tournaments.

Spread over 300 acres, the course also doubles up as an environmental park with plenty of wildlife and ecological features like water harvesting, nature conservation and wildlife protection.

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Paragliding meet gets new name
Tribune News Service

Palampur, October 13
After failing to generate adequate interest in the Paragliding Pre-World Cup, the government has decided to pull out of the annual event, which has been rechristened the Himalayan Cup and would be managed by a Russian firm.

Even though regular Pre-World Cups have been held in Bir-Billing and it is considered among the best paragliding sites, it would now witness only a local event and the dream of the pilots from the area to participate in a World Cup here may not be realised, at least in the near future.

Sources said more than 60 applications have been received from pilots, many of them international pilots, for the event scheduled to be held from October 17.

The organisers, however, insist that changing the name of the event, which has been done in view of the terrain of the site, would not affect its popularity and rules would be almost the same. The government would also continue to support the event.

The take-off site at Billing, situated at a height of 2,290 m, is 14 km away from Bir and offers an opportunity for high-altitude and cross-country flying for more than 200 km. The landing site at Bir, at a height of 1,480 m, is sheltered by mountains and surrounded by tea gardens, said a local pilot. 

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Haryana win kabaddi titles
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 13
The kabaddi teams of Haryana clinched the men’s and women’s titles in the 18th Senior National Circle Kabaddi Championship which concluded at Sector 17 Stadium here today. The Punjab teams, both men and women, stood runners-up.

In the men’s final, Haryana defeated Punjab 40-28. The Haryana women’s team beat Punjab 44-34.

Mr GS Grewal, president of the Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation of India, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed prizes among the winners.

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Jashandeep sets national swimming record

Ropar, October 13
Jashandeep Singh of the Ropar Swimming Association broke the national record in 200m breast stroke in the Punjab State School Games (PSSG) held in Jalandhar on October 8 and 9.

This information was given by the president of the Punjab Swimming Association, Dr R.S Parmar, here today.

Jashandeep won three gold in under–17 swimming events while Neha Saini of the association also won three gold medals in under-19 events.

He said the boys of the Ropar swimming association had won second position while girls won the third position in the overall swimming events in the PSSG. TNS

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Delhi Half Marathon
Our Sports Reporter

New Delhi, October 13
The stage is set for the Hutch Delhi Half Marathon to be held in the Capital on Sunday as many celebrities have confirmed their participation.

Milkha Singh, Dhanraj Pillay, women’s world boxing champion MC Mary Kom, KM Beenamol, Juhi Chawla and Gulshan Grover will lead the celebrity band, who will be joined by over 20,000 runners.

The marathon will include celebrity runs, senior citizens’ race and the competitive half marathon event in which the best of runners from India, Asia and Africa will take part.

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HC summons NRAI chief 

New Delhi, October 13
Taking exception to alleged willful defiance of its directions to provide 150 cartridges and a competition card to a national rifle shooter, the Delhi High Court has summoned National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) Secretary-General Baljit Singh Sethi to appear before it on November 2.

Mr Justice P Anil Kumar sought Sethi’s personal appearance after shooter Syed Zafaryab Ali Zaidi moved a contempt petition in which he complained that despite giving an undertaking in the court, Sethi ignored its directives due to which he could not participate in the recent GV Mavalankar tournament. — PTI

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Jeev slips to tied second
Kawagoe:
Jeev Milkha Singh failed to replicate his sensational opening round performance and carded a disappointing one-over 72 to lose his lead at the top and slip to the tied second position after round two of the Japan Open here on Friday.
At the top, Shingo Katayama (69) held a single-shot lead over Jeev and two others. Meanwhile, Arjun Atwal made a strong start at the tied 15th spot with a scintillating five-under 67, even as Indian-born Swede Daniel Chopra found himself at the tied 67th position after a two-under 69 in the opening round of the $ 4 million Las Vegas Open in the USA. — UNI

Archery team
NEW DELHI:
India will field a 24-member archery team in the Junior and Cadet World Archery Championship to be held in Merida (Mexico) from October 21 to 23.
The team: Prabhat Kandir, Kapil, Sandeep Kamboj, Punya Prabha, Reshma Banerjee, Ranu, Palton Hansda, Santosh Tamang, Abhishek Verma, Sweety Kumari, Niva Kerketta, Rishita Mandava, Adonda Raju, Rajib Basumatary, Ravindhar Hembram, B Pranitha, Pratima Bora and Meenakshi, Sumit Kumar Mishra, Renso Purty and Sanjay Swansi, Namita Kumari Yadav, Asreeta Khetta and Jyoti Kumari Banra. — OSR

Nehru hockey
NEW DELHI:
NCC Punjab toyed with G.V.Raja Sports School, Thiruvanathapuram, 3-0 in the 13th Nehru Girls Hockey Tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here on Thursday. Striker Nehal Kaur scored all three goals.
Padmaraja Vidyalaya, Gwalior, made mincemeat of Govt Adarsh School, Durg (Chhattisgarh) 10-0. Shashi Kala Kumari scored five goals. Mamta Yadav, Keisham Aruna Devi, Jamila Bano and Archana Srivastava accounted for the other goals. — OSR

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