india fail the first test
Was nervous walking out to bat: Prior
Lifter returns CWG Gold after Arjuna snub
HI, IHF agree to work together under temporary arrangement
IOA forms Court of Arbitration
Forlan brace seals Copa title
Kalmadi can’t escape law even with dementia, says Maken
Australia laps up Cadel Evans’ Tour triumph
Chandok hoping for another chance
India beat Egypt in World Team Chess
London, July 25
Tendulkar, 38, who has scored a world record 14,738 Test runs, has never made more than 37 at Lord’s and is still one century short of becoming the first person to tally 100 international hundreds.
India were intent on saving the game in the absence of the injured Virender Sehwag, their one player who could have taken the game away from the opposition. Instead they pinned their hopes on the proven class and techniques of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman to mount a rearguard action.
But the Indians failed to stop the home side from taking a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series. England will overtake India in the rankings if they win the series by at least a two-match margin.
Dravid and Laxman had made a promising start on Sunday evening when they guided India to 80 for one and they continued where they left off in the face of some hostile bowling from Chris Tremlett who extracted pace and bounce from the pitch. Dravid was dropped on 35 off Tremlett when Ian Bell at short-leg leaped high but failed to gather a difficult bat-pad chance.
After batting for more than 5 hours in the first innings for an unbeaten 103, Dravid failed to repeat his heroics on the final day and was out after scoring one more run. Laxman, who had edged a four off Anderson between second slip and gully, batted calmly to reach his 53rd Test half-century with eight boundaries.
He appeared well set when he gifted his wicket to Anderson, playing a loose shot, which was caught by Bell at mid-wicket. His dismissal brought Tendulkar to the crease with a standing ovation from a packed Lord’s crowd, some of whom had started queuing at 3 a.m. for the 20,000 tickets on sale.
Tendulkar, batting at number five after he missed most of Sunday’s play with a virus complaint, turned Anderson sweetly through mid-wicket for a boundary. He lost Gambhir, who had also batted down the order after he was struck painfully on the elbow while fielding at short-leg on Sunday, for 22 lbw to Graeme Swann and at lunch India were a precarious 142 for four.
Tendulkar was becalmed for 48 minutes on 11 after the interval and survived what appeared to be a justifiable shout for lbw from Stuart Broad. — Reuters
England 1st innings 474-8
India 1st innings 286
England 2nd innings 269-6
India 2nd innings
Mukund b Broad 12
Dravid c Prior b Anderson 36
Laxman c Bell b Anderson 56
Gambhir lbw b Swann 22
Tendulkar lbw b Anderson 12
Raina c Prior b Anderson 78
Dhoni c Prior b Tremlett 16
Harbhajan c Tremlett
b Anderson 12
Praveen b Broad 2
Zaheer not out 0
Ishant lbw b Broad 1
Extras (nb-6 lb-6 b-2) 14
Total (all out, 96.3 ovrs) 261
Bowling: Anderson 28-7-65-5, Tremlett 21-4-44-1, Broad 20.3-4-57-3, Swann 22-3-64-1, J. Trott 2-0-11-0, Pietersen 3-0-12-0.
London, July 25
"I didn't expect to bat before lunch. I was looking at the menu and that sort of thing and suddenly I was taking my guard. I wanted to first build a stand, settle everything else — the crowd was noisy, the Indians were up for it and Ishant had his heels up," said Prior whose unbeaten 103 was the cornerstone of England's 269 for six that set India a target of 458 yesterday.
"I was pretty nervous walking out at 60 for 5. Having played so well for the first three days, we wanted to choose to declare. It was important we were calm and get rid of that position," he added. Despite having the upperhand, Prior said it will take a lot of effort from his team to win the match.
"There are a lot of runs in the wicket. There are no devils, it's a pretty good deck and still has a huge amount of runs in it. Their batting is very strong and a lot of hard work is ahead of us," stated Prior.
"It's a kind of wicket where you could go for an hour without the wicket and then could have a silly hour where you pick 3-4 wickets. We would do it the way we always do -- trying to do well in the first half an hour, then hour and from then on sessions."
India escaped with a draw four years ago at this venue when rain and an unbeaten 76 by Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped the visitors cling on to their 1-0 lead. "It's very important it doesn't happen this time. Test wins against quality opposition doesn't come about often. We are in good position and the way to take wickets is to bowl in good areas and put pressure. That's the way we have done it in the last two years," the wicketkeeper-batsman said.
Prior did not feel there was any difference in intensity between the Indian effort in two innings, but he was surprised when he saw Suresh Raina start the proceedings in the afternoon.
"I don't think there was a huge difference in intensity. Probably this time we nicked balls which we didn't nick in the first innings. Luck always plays a part in this game." — PTI
New Delhi, July 25
Renubala, who won a gold in the 58kg category in the CWG, said she was hurt at not being named for the Arjuna Awards after 11 years at the top level and winning medals at the international level.
"This is a big letdown for me after being at the top level for 11 years. I have been snubbed and cold-shouldered. It has hurt me and I have no motivation left whatsoever to continue in the sport. So I am returning the gold medal I won in the Commonwealth Games," she told reporters while showing the CWG gold medal.
K Ravi Kumar, who had also won gold in the men's 69kg in the Commonwealth Games, was the lone weightlifter named among the Arjuna Awardees and Renubala said she was more deserving than him for the award.
"Ravi Kumar deserves to win the award but I am more deserving than him," said the 24-year-old Renubala who is now posted at the Guwahati Headquarters of the North Eastern Frontier Railways.
Renubala had also won gold in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and she said her brother is coming from her home state Manipur to hand over the other medals to the Sports Minister. — PTI
New Delhi, July 25
After a marathon eight and half hour-long meeting among HI, IHF and Sports Ministry officials, it was agreed that the two bodies will work under an arrangement which will continue till December 2012.
However, there was no merger between the two bodies. In what is being interpreted as a breakthrough of sorts, the two factions agreed to jointly work on four aspects — organising National Championships, preparation of national teams and selection of national teams and participation in international tournaments. Under the arrangement, there will be a joint Executive Committee of 39 members and a joint Working Committee of eight members which will take the final decision.
HI will have 20 members in the 39-member Executive Committee while the remaining 19 will be from the IHF.
"The decisions will be taken by the Working Committee which will have eight members — four each from HI and IHF. There will be a chairman and co-chairman of the working committee, one each from HI and IHF. The chairman and the co-chairman will have equal powers," HI's General Secretary Narendra Batra said.
Since HI is the recognised body by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), it will be responsible for any communication to the world body after a decision is taken by the joint Working Committee.
IHF President R K Shetty and Batra jointly addressed the media, saying that they were happy with the discussions and the arrangements.
"The discussions were fruitful. We expect a robust administration now with both bodies coming together on core issues," Shetty said.
"Me and Batra are hopeful. We hope we will have a good working relationship during this period and contribute to the development of hockey," he said.
"We are also grateful to the Sports Ministry and the minister for the efforts they have put in," Shetty said.
Batra, on his part, said that neither HI nor IHF will be responsible for the contractual obligations of the other party.
"We all have to make adjustments and I believe if we are honest in our intentions we will be able to do good work. The main modality of the arrangement is that HI's contractual obligations on any matter, financial or otherwise, will not lie on the IHF. It is vice versa for IHF," Batra said.
Sports Ministry had called a meeting today with the ultimatum that the two warring bodies either merge or it will take its own decision and inform the Supreme Court accordingly.
The two bodies had several rounds of meetings in the past few months but had failed to come to an agreement on the merger issue. — PTI
IOA forms Court of Arbitration
New Delhi, July 25
IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra said here today that the ICAS will consist of eight eminent retired judges from the Supreme Court and various High Courts.
He said the Disputes Commission of the IOA will co-ordinate with the ICAS for the settlement of all sports-related disputes under the IOA.
The panel members are:
Justice A.R. Lakshmanan, Justice M.R. Culla, Justice R.S. Sodhi, Justice B.A. Khan, Justice Usha Mehra, Justice J.K. Mehra, Justice Lokeshwar Prasad and Justice S.N. Sapra.
Buenos Aires, July 25
Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez, the player of the tournament, was also on target as Uruguay claimed a first continental crown since 1995 and broke their all-time Copa title tie of 14 which they held with Argentina.
For Forlan, it was an emotional triumph as he followed his father and grand-father into the record books as a Copa America winner.
"This really means a lot for me because my grand-father won it, my father won it and now I have also done it,' said the former Manchester United striker, who took his international tally to 31 goals, a record he now holds with Hector Scarone.
"Three generations have won this trophy. the name of Forlan will stay in history." Suarez opened the scoring in the 12th minute when his drive took a deflection off Dario Veron and left goalkeeper Justo villar wrong-footed.
Atletico Madrid star Forlan added the second three minutes from the interval when Egidio Arevalo cleverly intercepted the ball to release the veteran attacker who confidently buried a left-footed strike.
It was Forlan's first goal in 13 matches as Uruguay, who knocked out hosts Argentina in the quarter-finals, were in cruise control at River Plate's famous Estadio Monumental. Suarez added: "We really wanted this, we are a united group and we deserved it. We had to fight like crazy to win this and we've achieved something great." Captain Diego Lugano said the win was a triumph for the whole of the country.
"I'm really proud of the way we played and the way we did it. You cannot imagine how I feel. We've made a lot of people very happy."
Uruguay, who were World Cup semi-finalists in 2010, dominated the first half while Paraguay, who had reached the final without winning a game, were desperately short of ideas and inspiration.
They had been fortunate not to have been a goal down as early as the second minute, needing Villar to pull off a sensational point-blank save to keep out a bullet header from Diego Lugano. Paraguay, the champions in 1953 and 1979, had defeated Brazil and Venezuela in penalty shoot-outs in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals after the games ended 0-0 in extra-time.
But they came close to pulling a goal back in the 54th minute when Nelson Valdez crashed a right-foot volley off the crossbar with Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera getting a slight touch to deflect the ball towards the woodwork.
Just moments earlier, Suarez had muscled his way down the left. but his cutback for Forlan dropped just inches behind the Atletico Madrid man as he closed down on goal. Paraguay again looked dangerous when Ivan Piris charged down the right flank before crossing to Christian Riveros whose flick was saved by Muslera. Uruguay remained in a positive frame of mind, bringing on prolific Napoli striker Edinson Cavani for Alvaro Pereira after 65 minutes.
Cavani then teed-up Sebastian Eguren 10 minutes later but Villar pulled off a one-handed save despite being off-balance. Forlan then hit his 31st international goal in the last minute after being set-up by Cavani and Suarez. — AP
Kalmadi can’t escape law even with dementia, says Maken
New Delhi, July 25 According to Deputy Inspector General of Tihar R N Sharma, Kalmadi is suffering from dementia, a disease related to memory loss, impaired reasoning and personality changes. However, Maken said it will have no bearing on Kalmadi's case and he cannot get away with his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Commonwealth Games scam. "As far as involvement of Mr Kalmadi is concerned, no one can get away with criminal involvement by saying that he doesn't remember anything now," Maken told a television channel from US. "So law will take its course, the govt also did not lack behind as far as the agencies like the CBI, the CAG, Shunglu Committee -- all of them have done their work well," he added. Maken said the evidences against Kalmadi are well documented and he can't escape from law. "I don't think anyone can escape from criminal responsibility just by saying that he does not remember anything now," he said. "Everything is in record, everything is on files and the CBI already has done so much. FIRs have been lodged, Shunglu Committee has come up with a report, CAG is going to come out with its report. — PTI
New Delhi, July 25
According to Deputy Inspector General of Tihar R N Sharma, Kalmadi is suffering from dementia, a disease related to memory loss, impaired reasoning and personality changes.
However, Maken said it will have no bearing on Kalmadi's case and he cannot get away with his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Commonwealth Games scam.
"As far as involvement of Mr Kalmadi is concerned, no one can get away with criminal involvement by saying that he doesn't remember anything now," Maken told a television channel from US.
"So law will take its course, the govt also did not lack behind as far as the agencies like the CBI, the CAG, Shunglu Committee -- all of them have done their work well," he added. Maken said the evidences against Kalmadi are well documented and he can't escape from law.
"I don't think anyone can escape from criminal responsibility just by saying that he does not remember anything now," he said.
"Everything is in record, everything is on files and the CBI already has done so much. FIRs have been lodged, Shunglu Committee has come up with a report, CAG is going to come out with its report. — PTI
Sydney, July 25
"King Cadel" trumpeted the frontpage of Melbourne's the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald led with a banner headline "Joy and agony of a champion" above a large picture of Evans all contained in a yellow box. "Tour de Champ" raved Sydney's Daily Telegraph, while the Australian was the only of the major newspapers to lead on the Norway massacre with Evans - the "Tour champion 13 years in the making" - further down the front page.
Many compared Evans's breakthrough triumph to Australia winning sailing's America's Cup in 1983 to end the 132-year monopoly of the trophy by the United States. "This is a historic day for Evans and a monumental day in the history of Australian cycling and sport in general," said Mike Turtur, an Olympic champion track cyclist and race director of the Tour Down Under.
"Cadel Evans also showed that he is a pretty special athlete, blessed with a very big motor ... this achievement by Evans puts him ... right up there with what we as a nation have achieved across any number of other sports at the Olympics, world championships and winning the America's Cup."
Turtur, who said he would be delighted if Evans were to race in the Tour Down Under next year, said the fact that he had achieved what he had without drugs was significant. "It was done with true grit, a great deal of guts and a panache to prove to the world you can win the biggest race in the world while riding clean," Tutur told the Australian paper. — Reuters
London, July 25
Chandhok replaced Italian Jarno Trulli in a one-off appearance at the Nuerburgring on Sunday and completed the distance in his first race since being dropped by Hispania exactly one year ago.
He ended up 20th and two laps behind team mate Heikki Kovalainen but Chandhok explained his lack of track time this year and inexperience with the new Pirelli tyres made that inevitable.
"I believe I'll get some more chances because (team boss) Tony (Fernandes) seems quite happy with the job I did, the engineers seem happy with the job I did," the Indian told Reuters in an interview on Monday.
"Bernie (Ecclestone) is very happy as well, he came to see Tony and me on the grid yesterday," added the 27-year-old who has sought guidance in the past from the Formula One supremo. "I think I have done enough to warrant another go but whether it's this year or next year or the year after, we have to wait and see. That's a complicated situation. It's just a question of when it happens." — Reuters
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