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India fight back
Rahul Dravid plays a shot in the third Test match against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. Mumbai, November 24
As the shadow of the Garware pavilion started getting lengthier, it almost kissed the Little Masterís feet. Almost. Even as India fought back to gain some ground on the third day of the final Test here, the fourth day has been set up like never before.


Rahul Dravid plays a shot in the third Test match against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. ó AFP



EARLIER STORIES

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November 24, 2011
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November 23, 2011
India aim for clean sweep
November 22, 2011
Kabaddi World Cup: India all the way
November 21, 2011
Amla, AB steady SA
November 20, 2011
Azhar: Kambli talking rubbish
November 19, 2011
India wrap up match, series
November 18, 2011
West Indies live to fight on
November 17, 2011
Laxman, Dhoni torment Windies
November 16, 2011
Dravid leads Indiaís run hunt
November 15, 2011

MS Dhoni Some seniors likely to be rested for ODIs
Mumbai, November 24
A few senior players could be rested when the national selectors meet here tomorrow to pick the Indian squad for the first two cricket one-dayers against West Indies.



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David Ferrer of Spain returns against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their singles match in the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Wednesday. Ferrer won 6-3, 6-1. Ferrer stuns Djokovic
London, November 24
Spain's David Ferrer thrashed world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, earning a semi-final berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Ferrer, ranked No.5 in the world, took all his serve games and broke twice in each set, beating Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in 76 minutes here Wednesday. Ferrer became the second player to reach the semi-finals after Swiss maestro Roger Federer grabbed his spot with two wins in Group B Tuesday.


David Ferrer of Spain returns against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their singles match in the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Wednesday. Ferrer won 6-3, 6-1. ó AFP

US stint opens avenues for Indian coach Paramdeep
Chandigarh, November 24
When one takes a peep into the world of basketball, the NBA is almost always right at the top. Itís not just the presence of seven-foot tall players or the league being on for most of the year that attracts your attention, but itís the consistency of their routine and the hard, excruciating training that makes these hoopsters just the thing to marvel at.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) and Xavi Hernandez celebrate in front of AC Milan's Alberto Aquilani (R) during their Champions League match in Milan on Wednesday. Xavi seals victory
Rome, November 24
Barcelona scraped through their tie against AC Milan 3-2 at San Siro to secure the top spot of their Champions League group. The hosts equalised twice through Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng after Barca led after Mark van Bommel's own goal and Lionel Messi's 31st-minute penalty here Wednesday.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (L) and Xavi Hernandez celebrate in front of AC Milan's Alberto Aquilani (R) during their Champions League match in Milan on Wednesday. ó AFP

IMA endorses Corporate Games
New Delhi, November 24
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has endorsed the concept of Corporate Games, which will be held in Delhi at the Siri Fort Complex, for the first time, from February 9 to 12. IMA secretary-general Dr. D.R. Rai said he would urge the members to take part in the Corporate Games, to be held in different age groups.

World Corporate Golf Challenge comes to city
Chandigarh, November 24
The qualifying round for World Corporate Golf Challenge will be held in Chandigarh for the first time. The event will tee-off at the Panchkula Golf Course on Saturday, November 26.

MDU wrestlers dominate
Sirsa, November 24
The supremacy of the Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, grapplers continued on the penultimate day of the All-India Inter-University Menís Wrestling Championship today, as two out of the three gold medals decided today went their way.




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India fight back
Vaibhav Sharma
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, November 24
As the shadow of the Garware pavilion started getting lengthier, it almost kissed the Little Masterís feet. Almost. Even as India fought back to gain some ground on the third day of the final Test here, the fourth day has been set up like never before. India, ending the day on 281 for three, will be looking to whittle down the still massive lead of 309 runs, while the West Indies will still fight on to ensure that they somehow donít shoot themselves in the foot. And, the big one, Sachin Tendulkar might score his 100th international ton. That however, one needs to wait and see.

The day started with the two overnight West Indian batsmen Devendra Bishoo and Fidel Edwards pushing them really close to the 600-run mark, before Ashwin cut short their resilience with his fifth wicket. His quicker delivery had Bishoo all at sea and cleaned up.

The two Indian openers started off in style, with Virender Sehwag dominating proceedings. He quickly raced to 37, before Darren Sammy bowled him. The ball did just about enough to nip back in slightly and beat his swinging bat and crash into the stumps. But Gautam Gambhir carried on the good work and along with in-form Rahul Dravid, started building up another partnership.

The two were involved in a 71-run stand before Gambhir was somewhat dubiously given caught behind off Ravi Rampaul. But there was no time to ponder on that as the crowd was seemingly cheering an Indian playerís dismissal. But then, you can hardly complain if the man walking in to take your place happens to be Tendulkar.

A loud cheer was followed by some assured display of batting. Tendulkar, who has not been able to score a century now in over eight months, drove with control, defended with purpose and was soon into double figures. He and Dravid put up a brilliant display of chance-less batting and made sure that the West Indian score did not assume gigantic proportions.

After tea, Fidel Edwards greeted Tendulkar with a ferocious bouncer and the batsman had a momentís discomfort before siding arms and letting the ball sail to Carlton Baugh. Then came the moment of the day as Tendulkar cut with ferocity and the ball sailed over third man for a six. The writing was on the wall, Tendulkar was up and game for the fight.

The 86-run stand between the two was broken when Dravid, while trying to cut Marlon Samuels fine, played it on to the stumps and the bail was dislodged. The umpires confirmed the dismissal and Dravid had to miss out on a deserved century. But still, on way to his 82, Dravid completed 13,000 Test runs, becoming only the second man in the history of the sport to do so. The first man was of course batting at the other end.

VVS Laxman, who has been enjoying some good batting form of late, joined Tendulkar in the middle and they pretty much saw the day off or so it had seemed. While on 58, Sachin edged one from Bishoo and Baugh dropped what was definitely a regulation catch. The stadium breathed a collective sigh of relief and the hope that he might just do it in Mumbai stayed alive for another day.

Scoreboard
West Indies 1st innings
Barath c Dhoni b Ashwin 62
Brathwaite c Kohli b Ashwin 68
Edwards c Dhoni b Ishant 86
Bravo c Dhoni b Aaron 166
Powell c Dhoni b Ojha 81
Samuels c Dravid b Ashwin 61
Baugh b Aaron 4
Sammy c Dhoni b Aaron 3
Rampaul c Kohli b Ashwin 10
Fidel not out 11
Bishoo b Ashwin 12
Extras (b 8, lb 16, nb 2) 26
Fall of wkts: 1-137, 2-150, 3-314, 4-474, 5-518, 6-524, 7-540, 8-563, 9-566.
Total (all out) 590
Bowling: Ishant 32-9-84-1, Aaron 28-4-106-3, Ojha 48-10-126-1, Ashwin 52.1-6-156-5, Sehwag 16-1-61-0, Kohli 2-0-9-0, Sachin 6-0-24-0.

India 1st innings
Gambhir c Baugh b Rampaul 55
Sehwag b Sammy 37
Dravid b Samuels 82
Tendulkar batting 67
Laxman batting 32
Extras (b 1, w 3, nb 4) 8
Fall of wkts: 1-67, 2-138, 3-224.
Total (3 wkts; 80 ovrs) 281
Bowling: Fidel 15-0-70-0, Rampaul 12-1-42-1, Sammy 22-3-67-1, Samuels 11-0-48-1, Bishoo 20-4-53-0.

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Some seniors likely to be rested for ODIs

Mumbai, November 24
A few senior players could be rested when the national selectors meet here tomorrow to pick the Indian squad for the first two cricket one-dayers against West Indies.

According to BCCI sources, the selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth is mulling on giving a much needed rest to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni keeping in mind the gruelling Australia series starting next month.

It has been learnt that the selectors will obviously seek Dhoni's opinion in this regard. In case Dhoni is rested, Virender Sehwag or Gautam Gambhir could lead the side and Parthiv Patel will don the big gloves for the first two games in Cuttack (Nov 29) and Visakhapatnam (Dec 2).

It will be interesting to see whether Sachin Tendulkar who hasn't played in ODIs since the World Cup final will be named in the squad or be given rest ahead of the tour of Australia.

With talk of some of the top batsmen leaving early to acclimatise to conditions in Australia and get used to the pace and bounce of the tracks, the focus will be on the bench strength. The likes of Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane are certainties among the batsmen in the shorter format.

Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary who scored 132 and 267 against Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh respectively in Ranji Trophy is also a contender for a slot but will depend on how many seniors are rested. ó PTI

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Ferrer stuns Djokovic
Reaches semis at ATP Finals

London, November 24
Spain's David Ferrer thrashed world No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, earning a semi-final berth at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

Ferrer, ranked No.5 in the world, took all his serve games and broke twice in each set, beating Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 in 76 minutes here Wednesday.

Ferrer became the second player to reach the semi-finals after Swiss maestro Roger Federer grabbed his spot with two wins in Group B Tuesday.

"I am very motivated. I am in the semi-finals. I want to enjoy this moment. I don't want to think about the semi-final on Saturday," Ferrer was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Djokovic, who clinched 10 titles including three Grand Slams this season, made 33 unforced errors in the match, said he had no words to explain the defeat.

"It was the worst match I've played this season so far, definitely," said the Serbian. "So many unforced errors. I'm not playing well. That's a fact."

Coming to London with a 69-4 record this season, Djokovic fought hard to edge out world No. 7 Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in his opening match Monday.

"I wasn't on my best in the first match, but I managed to kind of get into the rhythm in the second set," said the 24-year-old. "This match, I have no words to explain. Nothing was going well."

Djokovic will face countryman Janko Tipsarevic in his last group A match after the world No.9 replaced injured Andy Murray to join the competition from the second round and lost a close match to Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 6-7(6).

"There is still a chance," said Djokovic. "But if I don't play at least 50% better than I did tonight. I don't think I will have any chance." ó IANS

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US stint opens avenues for Indian coach Paramdeep
Ruma Kat
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
When one takes a peep into the world of basketball, the NBA is almost always right at the top. Itís not just the presence of seven-foot tall players or the league being on for most of the year that attracts your attention, but itís the consistency of their routine and the hard, excruciating training that makes these hoopsters just the thing to marvel at.

A pivotal role in this training is played by the coaches, for whom NBA organises a special training programme with the Chinese Basketball Association, another high-performing basketball association. The 2011 coaches training programme began on November 10 and will go on till November 28 in Texas and it is for the first time that an Indian coach has been invited for this training.

Head Coach of the Border Security Force (BSF) menís team in Jalandhar, Paramdeep Singh, is currently in the US with the NBA to get intensive training. He was invited by the Operations Director, NBA, to see the new technology and techniques used in the US for training players.

Speaking to The Tribune from Texas, 32-year-old Paramdeep explained some major differences he has seen in the basketball culture of the two countries. Following are a few excerpts from the conversation:

Q. How did you make your transition from player to coach and what major difference have you seen in the US so far?

A. I played basketball with BSF from 1997 to 2009. Next year, I did my Diploma in Basketball Coaching from Patiala and since then, I am training the BSF team. The major difference that I see over here is that coaches pay more attention on defence, whereas in India, we give more training on offence. Now, if your defence is strong, you automatically get more chance of ball possession and most of the game is in your hands. That is why here the players have a strong command on their game.

Q. How much of a difference does infrastructure make in this sport and how different is the infrastructure there compared to back in India?

A. Infrastructure definitely plays a huge part in any sport. International basketball is played on wooden floors that are built in indoor stadiums. We have hard courts as outdoor facilities. The surface changes the style of play. Even though we canít make every basketball court in India like here in the US, yet we must have at least a few wooden courts to train our players so that they can match the international standards.

Q. How does a coach play a role in building a team?

A. Coaches over here have a huge role to play. They build a team and thus in every tournament itís a team that steps on the court and not any individual player. The everyday training has a big role in this. Proper counselling is given to all the players wherein, some things are imbibed in their minds.

Team priority is the first. We always hear about a team of NBA. This is very different to what we have in our country, where we get to know about individual players, which eventually cannot raise the whole team to number one spot. That is one reason why we are lagging behind.

Q. How does the whole practice drill take place there?

A. One thing that I would definitely bring along is time management. We say that our coaching is for two hours, but when the players reach half-an-hour late and the training goes on sluggishly, it does not count as a serious practice. Here, the coach says two hours, which means training for exactly two hours. If a drill is scheduled for eight minutes, it is a proper vigorous drill of eight minutes, with the whole team on the court. Then the shooting takes place, which wouldnít be static. It is strict movement shooting. So the complete system of coaching is systematic and well-managed.

The defence techniques are taught once and are repeated several times. This repetition is embedded in the minds of the players, and they perform exactly the same in a game, and work as a team.

Q. How is technology helping them in improving their game?

A. Videography is extensively used on the courts. Every match is recorded and is then shown to the whole team. The coach tells them at each point where the moves could have been better, or where the man-to-man defence was lacking etc. When we are playing, we think that we were right at all places. But these videos help us analyse ourselves better and we can improve our weak points. So this makes the whole game better - of an individual as well as the team.

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Xavi seals victory

Rome, November 24
Barcelona scraped through their tie against AC Milan 3-2 at San Siro to secure the top spot of their Champions League group.

The hosts equalised twice through Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin-Prince Boateng after Barca led after Mark van Bommel's own goal and Lionel Messi's 31st-minute penalty here Wednesday.

But Pep Guardiola's side wrapped up a hard fought win through Xavi's finish just after the hour mark as Barca, who like Milan had already qualified for the last 16, ensured top spot with a game to spare.

"We are happier compared to the last game," Guardiola said after the thrilling game, referring to their 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou, Xinhua reported.

"Coming here to San Siro to win and putting in a performance like this was not easy. It's always a pleasure to play in this stadium, especially against Milan, who are one of the most successful clubs in the world," he said. His Milan counterpart Massimiliano Allegri also took much pride from his side's performance.

"I think it was important for us to play a game like this, facing this team with open football to see what level we are at," he said. "We leave this match with a defeat, perhaps deservedly, but with greater self-confidence than before," he said.

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IMA endorses Corporate Games
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 24
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has endorsed the concept of Corporate Games, which will be held in Delhi at the Siri Fort Complex, for the first time, from February 9 to 12. IMA secretary-general Dr. D.R. Rai said he would urge the members to take part in the Corporate Games, to be held in different age groups.

Prof. Mahesh Verma, Director Principal of the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, also assured Corporate Games CEO Maj. O.P. Bhatia that he would ensure the participation of members of his faculty in the Games.

Bhatia said eminent doctors like Dr. Naresh Trehan, leading medical institutions and health experts have also pitched in with their support for the Games, which has received support from many other quarters as well.

Former Indian cricket international Kirti Azad and hockey captain Zafar Iqbal have been appointed as the brand ambassadors of the Games.

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World Corporate Golf Challenge comes to city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 24
The qualifying round for World Corporate Golf Challenge will be held in Chandigarh for the first time. The event will tee-off at the Panchkula Golf Course on Saturday, November 26.

The TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge gives Indian teams a unique opportunity to represent their country in the only annual World Golf Championship of corporate teams from 25 countries. The highly competitive event designed on the lines of a professional event is supported and endorsed by Professionals Amandeep Johal and Harmeet Kahlon in Chandigarh. The duo have been inspiring the corporate golfers in preparation for the event in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh leg of The TAKE Solutions World Corporate Golf Challenge will be followed by Mumbai qualifiers at Oxford Golf Club, Pune (Dec 3-4), Delhi qualifiers at Golden Greens Golf Club (Dec 10-11), Eastern qualifiers at Tollygunge Golf Club on Dec 17th, followed by southern qualifiers at Kodaikanal Golf Club on December 29 and concluding with Bangalore qualifiers at Eagleton Golf Resort on (January 20-21, 2012).

Two top winning teams from each of the regional rounds go on to compete at the National Final on April 10-11, 2012 to grab the top spot and win themselves once in a life time opportunity to represent India at the world championship being held at in May at the beautiful Garden Route district of South Africa. The World Finals have been held annually since 1994 at the exclusive La Manga Club in Spain apart from one edition each in Jamaica, Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur. India started participating in it since 1999.

Teams that have represented India in the past at the world finals are BPCL, Parle Foods, Standard Chartered Bank, Mercedes Benz, Deutsche Bank, Indian Airlines, Hero Motors, GE, Credit Suisse, Golden Peacock & McCann Ericson. Last year, Team India-Team Hindustan Unilever from Mumbai finished 2nd at the World Finals. In 2008, the Indian Team from Credit Suisse became the first and only Indian team to emerge victorious at the World Finals held at the famed La Manga Club in Spain.

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MDU wrestlers dominate
Sushil Manav
Tribune News Service

Sirsa, November 24
The supremacy of the Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU), Rohtak, grapplers continued on the penultimate day of the All-India Inter-University Menís Wrestling Championship today, as two out of the three gold medals decided today went their way.

Hitesh of the MDU wrestled past Kamaljit Singh of Punjabi University, Patiala, to win gold in the final of the 120-kg weight category. Bronze medals went to Navneet Sharma of Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Vikram of Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi.

In the 74-kg weight category, Jitender of MDU defeated Karthik Samarao of Shivaji University, Kolhapur, in the final. Pardeep of Kurukshetra University and Vipin of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University, Faizabad, had to be content with bronze medals.

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 BRIEFLY

Humpy loses another game
Tirana:
Grandmaster Koneru Humpy's title prospects suffered a near decisive blow when she lost the seventh-round game against Yifan Hou of China in the World Women's Chess Championship here. Trailing 2-4 before this game, Indiaís Humpy could not survive a persistent onslaught by the younger Chinese and went on to lose her third game in the 10-game match. The Chinese now leads by a huge 5-2 margin and needs just a draw in the remaining three games to win the championship. ó PTI

V Diju (L) and Jwala Gutta play Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in the mixed doubles at the China Open in Shanghai on Thursday.
V Diju (L) and Jwala Gutta play Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in the mixed doubles at the China Open in Shanghai on Thursday. The Indian pair lost 14-21, 14-21. ó AFP
Shodhan Rai, Shakar Gowda and Captain Roshan of the Indian Fitness And Body Builders Federation, Karnataka, in Bangalore on Thursday.
L to R: Shodhan Rai, Shakar Gowda and Captain Roshan of the Indian Fitness And Body Builders Federation, Karnataka, in Bangalore on Thursday. The trio will take part in the Mr Universe 2011 to be held in Hamburg, Germany in November. ó AFP

Anand draws with Carlsen
Moscow:
World Champion Viswanathan Anand's hunt for an elusive victory continued as he played out another draw with Magnus Carlsen of Norway to slip to joint sixth spot in the seventh round of Tal Memorial international chess tournament here. The much hyped encounter did not quite provide anything spectacular and the World No 1 Carlsen equalised comfortably to get an easy draw in the end. With all leaders on four points, Anand slipped to joint sixth spot along with Svidler on 3.5 points, a half point clear of Kramnik who was relegated to the eighth spot. ó PTI

Kerala, Arrows share points
Kolkata:
Pailan Arrows muffed chances galore to settle for a 1-1 draw against a 10-man United Kerala in a round seven I-League fixture at Yuba Bharati Krirangan here today. The visitors took the lead with a goal from Saba Saleel in the 30th minute but soon they were reduced to 10 players after their defender Charles Dzisa was given the marching orders. The home team brought in the equaliser in the 53rd minute but the All India Football Federation developmental side could not take advantage. Saleel finished off a combined move when he tapped in from close in the 30th minute. ó PTI

Indian beat Pak in wrestling
Islamabad:
India emerged victorious in a three-phase tournament that saw burly Pakistani and Indian wrestlers pitted against each other. Indian wrestler Sutander Singh defeated Pakistani wrestler Imran Ali Pattawala from Gujranwala, reported Geo News. The three-phased wrestling tournament was held in Gujranwala, Lahore and Faisalabad. It was a third victory for Singh in the tournament. He had won the second phase earlier by defeating Shahid Khoaewala and in the first phase, Singh defeated Jani Pehlwan. ó IANS

National Youth Weightlifting
Itanagar:
A record was created and recreated in the boys' 62kg category of the snatch event in the National Youth Weightlifting Championships here today. Hitlar Sorom Tagru of Arunachal Pradesh created a new national record by lifting the weight of 101kg bettering Sunil Naik's 100kg lift in 2003 at Kozhikode. But Achyutananda Sahoo of Orissa recreated the record by lifting 102kg today itself. Also, Neeraj Sharma of Delhi created new national record in snatch by lifting the weight of 130kg bettering the old record stands in the name of Paritosh Upadhyay of Karnataka who lifted 121kg. ó TNS

Arun stars for Delhi Tigers
NEW DELHI:
Arun Sharma scored two goals in five minutes in the second half to help Delhi Tigers beat Union Club 2-0 in a Group I match of the Delhi Soccer Association B Division League played at the Jasola ground here on Thursday. This was the second straight victory for Tigers. In Group III, Golden Stars took the measure of State Bank of India 3-0. Avishakar, Prateek Negi and Jorden found the target after the break for Golden Stars. Fridayís fixtures: Venus vs Shakti (3.30 p.m.). ó TNS

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