|S P O R T||
Sunday, November 1, 1998
|Windies cruise to victory
DHAKA, Oct 31 Indian batsmen failed to really offset Sachin Tendulkars early loss as the West Indies coasted to a comfortable win through contrasting knocks by Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and skipper Brian Lara to reach the final of the Wills International Cricket Tournament here tonight.
Severest test for Schumacher
SUZUKA (Japan), Oct 31 Michael Schumachers undoubted and notorious ability to drive to the limit will face its severest test when he attempts to stop Mika Hakkinen claiming a first world title at Sundays Japanese Grand Prix here.
settles for a
beat Spain, Pak lose
Windies cruise to victory
DHAKA, Oct 31 (PTI) Indian batsmen failed to really offset Sachin Tendulkars early loss as the West Indies coasted to a comfortable win through contrasting knocks by Shivnaraine Chanderpaul and skipper Brian Lara to reach the final of the Wills International Cricket Tournament here tonight.
On a firm batting track, India squandered the advantage of winning a good toss to be restricted to 243 for six wickets in 50 overs and the Caribbeans reached 245 for four in 47 overs to seal tomorrows summit clash against South Africa.
Left-hander Chanderpaul gave a superb momentum to the chase by cracking a run-a-ball 74 (10 b, 10 x 4, 1x6) before Lara with an uncharacterically patient and responsible unbeaten 60 (89 b, 5 x 4) and fellow left-hander Keith Arthurton (40 n.o 67 b, 4 x 4) completed the job after Sachin Tendulkar effected twin breakthroughs midway through.
Opener Philo Wallace (39) and the rampaging Chanderpaul raised an 81-run second wicket stand as the Indian bowlers were punished, but Tendulkar dismissed both and then won a mini battle with Lara to raise hopes in the Indian camp.
Tendulkar sent down an absorbing spell to return figures of 10-1-29-2 with his slow stuff and leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who proved expensive, had Carl Hooper (8) with clever pace variation.
But Lara added 89 runs for the unfinished fifth wicket with Arthurton and cut out his usual flamboyance by going for safe singles to ensure there would be no more hiccups on the way to completing the job made easy by Chanderpaul.
The Indian innings proved a laboured affair for most part once Tendulkar was caught by a diving Carl Hooper in the lone slip as he failed to get to the pitch against paceman Mervyn Dillon and the bowler trapped skipper Mohd Azharuddin leg before.
With debutant paceman Reon King extracting good bounce to trouble the Indian batsmen, Ganguly could not force the pace before compiling a useful 83 while Rahul Dravid scratched around for his 20 runs.
But the indefatigable Robin Singh rattled up 73 runs off just 63 balls, slammed five well-timed boundaries and three sixes to plunder 83 for the sixth wicket with Nayan Mongia, off only 10.3 overs to ensure a fighting total.
Paceman Javagal Srinath claimed Stuart Williams (8) early but the unorthodox Philo Wallace and Chanderpaul went after any bad delivery to rattle up 83 runs in 10 overs in total contrast to the Indian innings which crawled till the arrival of Robin Singh.
Chanderpaul sent Srinath through the covers and then carted Kumble for a straight six before pulling and cutting Ajit Agarkar to reach his 50 in exactly 50 balls.
A worried Azharuddin brought in Tendulkar and the latter worked his magic off the very second ball he bowled as Wallace tamely tapped back a ball tossed up by Tendulkar. Bowling with intelligent variation Tendulkar kept Lara and Chanderpaul quiet as the run flow went down to a trickle with left arm spinner Sunil Joshi at the other end also maintained a good line and length.
The West Indies, who reached the 100-mark in just 15 overs had to work for runs and India enjoyed another success when Carl Hooper, failing to read a slow ball from Kumble, skied his shot to be taken well by Agarkar at extra cover.
But Lara refused to be tempted by the teasing bowling by Tendulkar or Kumble while Arthurton with a couple of forcing off drives kept them in touch with the asking rate which had fallen well below the four-run mark.
Sunil Joshi bowled tightly but the wicket proved elusive with Indian hopes resting only on dismissing the rival batsmen.
Lara brought most of his runs on the onside, sweeping with the spin, but only towards the end did he show all-out aggression by hitting Rahul Dravids off-spinners for two boundaries in quick succession. Dravid, who rarely bowls, sent down six overs for 36 runs.
Lara brought up his 37th one-day fifty in the 37th over and the West Indies reached 207 after 40 overs to virtually end the contest well before the final overs.
Arthurton brought about the winning runs by driving Dravid to the fence. The mostly Indian supporters at the packed stadium were disappointed, but the Caribbeans who upset another favourite Pakistan in the quarterfinal had completed yet another professional job.
The West Indies-South
Africa clash should be a close one going by the
contrasting approach the two sides normally have.
Severest test for Schumacher
SUZUKA (Japan), Oct 31 (AFP) Michael Schumachers undoubted and notorious ability to drive to the limit will face its severest test when he attempts to stop Mika Hakkinen claiming a first world title at Sundays Japanese Grand Prix here.
Up to 150,000 people are expected to watch the battle between the 20-year-old German, a two-time champion, and the 30-year-old Finn, who only won his first formula one race last year.
But it will also decide Ferrari against McLaren for the constructors title and Goodyear against Bridgestone in the "tyre war".
The mathematical possibilities have been playing on the minds of both men since Hakkinen beat Schumacher to first place at the Luxemburg Grand Prix four weeks ago.
McLaren Mercedes number one driver now has a four-point lead over his Ferrari rival.
Even if Schumacher wins, Hakkinen needs only to finish second to become champion. They will be even at 96 points and seven victories each but the Finn will have more second-place finishes.
"This situation is a new experience in my career," said Hakkinen, who has swept to seven wins in the McLaren rejuvenated by the arrival this season of designed Adrian Newey from Williams.
"I dont have pressure," he added. "I feel good because of the confidence I have in myself in terms of driving and in the team."
Schumacher is no stranger to controversy at such a climax to the season.
In 1994, he won his first title after colliding with nearest rival Damon Hill, forcing both out of the race but ensuring he Schumacher won the crown.
Last season, he had to beat Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez but rammed the Canadian and went out himself, to give Villeneuve and Williams the title.
Under pressure to win a first drivers crown for Ferrari since Jody Scheckter in 1979, Schumacher is expecting strong backup from teammate Eddie Irvine, who knows Suzukas twisting 5.86-kilometre track from his experience in Japans f3000 series.
In last years race here, Irvine took an early lead over Villeneuve and let Schumacher overtake later.
"With the title in the balance I will, of course, be doing everything I can to help Michael towards the title," Irvine said. "I can be running as quick as anyone and be in a strong position to help out Michael if he needs it."
But Hakkinen, who is with Scotlands David Coulthard at McLaren also believes in team orders. "I think David is going to help the team and I would do vice versa.
"Thats an unusual situation," Hakkinen commented on the possibility of a second-place finish earning the title. "Its not an easy situation because youve been always fighting for the first."
McLaren need just one point, or a sixth place finish, to win its eighth constructors title its first since 1991.
Only a one-two finish by Schumacher and Irvine could get Ferraris first team title in 15 years.
Anand settles for a tactical draw
TILBURG, Oct 31 (UNI) Indian chess wizard Vishwanathan Anand settled for a tactical draw against Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands to emerge a clear leader in the Fontys-Tilburg International Grandmasters Chess Tournament. Anand has tallied with five points.
In other seventh round matches, only Joel Lautier of France scored a decisive result with a shock win over Vesslin Topalov of Bulgaria. The French player, who was having his worst tournament, beat Topalov in just 33 moves of a sicilian game in which the Bulgarian had white pieces. It was Topalovs first defeat of the tournament.
On the quietest day of the tournament so far, only Lautier obtained a positive result, the rest were all draws.
Michael Adams and Vladimir Kramnik, expected to be Anands strongest rivals, played a safe draw in 21 moves. Both players had lost their sixth-round games, Adams to Anand and Kramnik to Peter Leko.
Anand played the nimzo Indian defence against Van Wely and though the Dutch player had some marginal advantage, neither was in a position to force a win. They drew after 27 moves and retired quickly for a rest.
The 67-year-old veteran Viktor Korchnoi held the young grandmaster Peter Svidler from Russia in 40 moves of 1.D4, d5 opening while Vadim Zviaginsev of Russia shared the point with Mathew Sadler of England in 39 moves of a sicilian game.
After the eighth round today, the players will have a rest day tomorrow.
Results of the seventh round: Leko drew with Piket Zviaginsev drew with Sadler, Topalov lost to Lautier, Van Wely drew with Anand Adams drew with Kramnik, Korchnoi drew with Svidler.
Points after seven rounds: Anand (5) Leko, Sadler, Zviaginsev (4 each) Topalev, Piket, Svidler, Van Wely, Adams (3.5 each), Kramnik (3), Korchnoi (2.5) Lautier (2).
Eighth round pairings: Lautier-Sadler, Svidler-Zviaginsev Anand-Korchnoi Kramnik-Van Wely Piket-Adams Topalev-Leko.
Holland beat Spain, Pak lose
LAHORE, Oct 31 (AFP) Olympic and world champions Holland survived a last gasp rally by Spain to win 3-2 in the opening match of the 20th Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament here today.
Holland were safely placed 3-0 when Spain scored two goals in three minutes and nearly forced the equaliser.
Commonwealth Games champions Australia earned an emphatic 2-0 win over defending champions Germany while Asian champions South Korea downed Pakistan 4-3.
Spain who lost to Holland in both finals of the Atlanta Olympics 1996 and the World Cup earlier in the year failed to produce the spark in most of the match but their late resurgence nearly earned them one point.
Holland led 2-0 at half time courtesy goals by Bram Lomans and Jacques Brinkman.
The world champions earned a flurry of short corners but the first four came up against agile Spanish Goalie Ramon Jufresa.
Holland dominated the match through inspirational forwards Tuen de Nooijre and Marten Eikelboon and created some good openings.
Lomans struck the board with a slick push off the fifth penalty corner in the 21st minute. Jacques Brinkman doubled the Dutch tally with a swift conversion off a penalty corner rebound in the 29th minute.
Spains main weapons Juan Escarre and Xavier Arnau were in top form. Arnau missed a sitter in the 42nd minute when he had an open goal before him, mistiming his push over the bar.
Marten Eikelboom deflected a fine cross from Tuen de Nooijre to score Hollands third goal in the 44th minute.
Spain pulled one back when Juan Escarre converted a penalty stroke in the 65th minute. Erik Jazet had fouled Pablo Amat in the circle to concede the stroke.
Three minutes later Spain benefitted from a poor clearance and Pablo Amat reduced the deficit to 3-2. Dutch defenders were furious with Malaysian umpire Surjit Singhs decision, and captain Ronald Janssen pushed the official.
Australia downed a young looking Germany with goals from Vivian Taylor (31st minute) and Adam Commens (41st minute).
Germany with eight junior players only managed to earn one short corner.
Meanwhile, host Pakistan were outpaced by the super fit South Koreans 4-3 in the final match of the day.
Asian champions South Korea banged in two penalty corner goals through right back Kim Young Bae in the 15th and 16th minutes.
Pakistan started the match well with a fourth minute goal by Mohammad Sarwar off a penalty corner rebound.
Sarwar equalised for Pakistan near half time when he deflected a slick cross from left out Baber Abdullah.
South Korea score two field goals in the space of seven minutes in the second half. Kang Keon Wook scored both these goals by changing his position swiftly and pushing the ball over Pakistani goalie Ahmed Alam.
"Revoke" BCCI order on Harbhajan
NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (PTI) The manner in which young off spinner Harbhajan Singh was omitted from the Indian team on grounds of "chucking" went against rules and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) should revoke the decision and consider him for selection again, Punjab Cricket Association Secretary M P Pandove has demanded.
In a strongly-worded letter to BCCI President Raj Singh Dungarpur, Pandove has said the Punjab bowler had never been called for throwing in first class or international matches and that the BCCI should not have acted on the basis of a match referees report.
Pandove, whose term as national selector expired recently, said only umpires were authorised to no-ball bowlers for chucking which was categorically stated by the selection panel in its last meet in Chennai when some stray reference was made about an adverse report given by the match referee.
"Under laws of cricket, the bowling action can be called into question only by umpires," Pandove said and urged Dungarpur to revoke the BCCI directive to the selection panel against considering Harbhajan Singh.
Criticising the board for the "mad rush" with which it acted on the referees report, Pandove said it was glaring as the BCCI had even backed Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan when his action was deemed illegal.
Pandove quoted former board president IS Bindra to charge that S Venkatraghavan was in fact removed as umpire for the 1996 Wills World Cup final in Lahore between Sri Lanka and Australia by then BCCI and PILCOM Secretary Jagmohan Dalmiya after Venkatraghavan informed him that despite ICC clearing Muralitharan it was within his rights to penalise the bowler if he found the action suspect.
If the then BCCI secretary (Dalmiya) could show such commitment to a Sri Lankan player, why did the board not stand by such a young and promising player, Pandove asked.
He said the off-spinner being a registered player with PCA which he represented in domestic tournaments, the association should have been informed by the BCCI about any ICC directive against him or the fact that a few match referees had given adverse reports on his bowling action.
Contending that an adverse
report by the match referee cannot form the basis for the
omission of a player, he said the least Dungarpur could
have done was to share the report "with me as the
Ranatunga sues three dailies
COLOMBO, Oct 31 (PTI) Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga has filed defamation suits for Rs 100 million each against three Sri Lankan newspapers for publishing allegations that he played only for financial gains.
The state-run daily news said Ranatunga sued The Island, Weekend Express and a Sinhalese daily Divana for publishing charges made by Sri Lankas Olympic Committee chairman Hemasiri Fernando that the skipper played only for money.
The Olympic committee had openly criticised both Ranatunga and the cricket board for not sending the best cricket team for the Commonwealth Games held last month in Kuala Lumpur.
Ranatunga contended that the criticism was not justified as the team was selected by the board and not by him and that the board felt that many senior cricketers including himself needed rest after a heavy season.
Interestingly, the cases were filed only against the editors and publishers of all the three newspapers and not against Fernando, who made the allegations.
Durand Cup for Mahindras
NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (PTI) Mahindra and Mahindra, Mumbai upset 14-time champions East Bengal 2-1 to lift their maiden title in the Kelvinator Durand Cup Football Tournament at the Ambedkar Stadium here today.
The Mumbai outfit came from behind to batter a fancied East Bengal through a last-gasp goal from Manjit Singh. It was midfielder Shamsi Reza who drew parity for the jeepmen through a penalty (60th minute) after Bijen Singh gave the lead to the Calcutta league champions in the 22nd minute.
Manjit Singh scored the all-important winner in the 88th minute after a one-two with Nigerian Adeshina to seal East Bengals fate and bag the winners purse of Rs 5 lakh while East Bengal pocketed Rs 3 lakh.
East Bengal got off to a dream start but failed miserably to keep the momentum in the second half, surrendering to the series of attacks by Mahindras which nullified the upperhand they enjoyed in the first half.
The result was sweet revenge for the Mumbai side which had lost to East Bengal in the final of the 1990 edition.
The red-yellow brigade forged ahead midway through the first half through a powerpacked shot from Bijen Singh. Put through by Sulley Musah, Bijen went on a solo run and fired home from 40 yards out. Mahindras custodian Mark Mascrenehas collected the shot but lost his balance and let the ball slip in. He suffered a torn muscle and Sunder Rajan came in.
Mahindras shed their first half defensiveness with many raids. It culminated in a spot kick award by referee T A Hakim after S Hussain who was about to tap in a rebound was obstructed by Basudev Mondal.
Playmaker Basudev Mondal was also booked for the offence. Hussain was about to nod the ball in after a powerful freekick by Mohd Shakil was palmed down by custodian Kalyan Chaubey.
Reza sent Choubey the wrong way with his penalty try.
East Bengal could have regained within five minutes off a counter attack launched by Opoku and Bijen Singh.
But the 65th minute chance was wasted by substitute Saroj Das who shot wide a rebound when he only had to dribble past the Mahindra custodian Sundera Rajan. Das was in possession after the Mahindra keeper fisted away a powerful shot by Opoku.
He also got a chance to draw parity in the last minute when he was again put in possession by gritty Bijen Singh but their semifinal hero sent the kick wide.
The two second half substitutions also did little of note for East Bengal. Anit Ghosh was replaced by Ratan Singh, who delayed in clearing to see Manjit Singh beat the ball and slip it to Adeshina before taking it back to score. Saroj Das who muffed a glorious moment for East Bengal came in for Sankar Lal Chakraborthy.
But a timely substitution by Mahindras coach S S Hakim did click. He replaced winger P J Jose with Mohd Shakil and Rajesh Pandey was called back in the 55th minute for S Hussain, who clinched the penalty for the equaliser.
Hussain was also successful in marking Dipendu Biswas who had played well in East Bengals win over traditional rivals Mohun Bagan in the semifinal.
Despite beating Mohun Bagan with a makeshift frontline, East Bengal failed to capitalise on opportunities and paid for underestimating their rivals.
Mahindras coach Hakim, to whom the triumph was a personal achievement said: "My boys defeated a depleted East Bengal. But the win was great as we beat a Calcutta giant. This morning I asked my boys to come out with the title. They did it for me."
"We were complacent
after taking the lead. We have to blame ourselves for the
defeat. And, in the second half Mahindras played with
great determination," East Bengal coach Manoranjan
Battacharya said after the match.
Punjab bowlers wreck J&K
AMRITSAR, Oct 31, (UNI) Punjab looked all set for a second successive innings victory in the Ranji Trophy in as many matches as their opponents Jammu and Kashmir needed another 206 runs to cross the hosts first innings total with just three wickets in hand.
After having conceeded a massive first innings lead of 339 runs in their first innings, the visitors were struggling at 133 for seven when play ended on the third day at the Gandhi Grounds here today. In their first match against Himachal Pradesh at Una, Punjab had scored an innings victory.
The main wreckers of J and Ks first innings were medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma and leg-spinner Sandeep Sawal who captured three wickets apiece. In the second innings off-spinner Navdeep Singh demolished J and K claiming four wickets for 43 runs.
At draw of stumps Vivek Singh was batting on nine and keeping him company was Vijay Sharma on 10 runs.
After resuming their first innings today on the overnight score of 49 for four, J and K were all out just a couple of minutes before the lunch break for 136. Except for Pardeep Bali who hammered a quick-fire 39, none of the other J and K batsmen could stay at the crease for long.
The visitors commenced their second innings in disastrous fashion with opener Rajesh Gill being caught in the gully by Sandeep Sawal off medium pacer Harvinder Singh on the very first ball. The other opener Ajay Bhatti too followed his partner back into the pavilion at the score of 23.
Kawaljit and skipper Ashwani Gupta tried to put up a semblance of a fight against the Punjab spin attack with scores of 30 and 54 respectively. But once they departed the J and K innings began to collapse. Gupta, who batted confidently hit five fours in his innings was out in the closing stages of the play.
Earlier in the J and K
first innings, Punjabs medium pacer Sandeep Sharma
was given two warnings by the umpires for causing damage
to the pitch in his follow through. After bowling four
balls in his eleventh over, he was banned from bowling in
the rest of the innings for committing the offence again.
Railway retain free
KAPURTHALA, Oct 31 Northern Railway, Delhi, with 42 points retained the championship in free style event where as Central Railway, Mumbai, bagging 42 points, snatched the title from Northern Railway in greco style event of the 40th All India Railway Wrestling Championship, which concluded in Maharaja Ranjit Singh Stadium, here today.
Western Railway, Mumbai, with 27 points and North Eastern Railway, Gorakhpur, with 16 points obtained second and third places respectively, in the free style event and in greco style Northern Railway, Delhi, with 40 points got second place and Eastern Railway Calcutta, stood third.
In the free style 58 kgs event Surinder Singh and Kirpa Shankar of Western Railway and Mewa Lal Yadav of Eastern Railway achieved first, second and third positions, respectively, while Ram Kumar of Northern Railway, Kaka Pawar of Central Railway and Mahesh Kumar of South Eastern Railway were first, second and third, respectively, in the greco style event.
In 69 kg free style weight category Joginder of Western Railway, Rajesh Kumar of South Eastern Railway and Hanuman Singh of Northern Railway and in greco style category Ravinder Maan of Central Railway, Satya Dev Malik of Western Railway and Yogesh of Northern Railway stood first, second and third, respectively.
In the next weight category i.e. 85 kgs in greco style Surinder Singh of Northern Railway, Ram Chander Yadav of Eastern Railway and Sat Pal Dalal of Central Railway won gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively, whereas in the free style event of this category Anuj Chaudhary of Northern Railway, Ramesh Kumar of Western Railway and Janardan Yadav of North Eastern Railway stood first, second and third, respectively.
In the 97 kg free style category Gulam Sabir of Northern Railway, Amitabh Anand of Diesel Locomotive Works and Surinder Singh of Eastern Railway bagged first, second and third places, respectively and in greco style event of this category, Munish Kumar of Central Railway, Naresh Kumar of Diesel Locomotive Works and Ramesh Kumar of Northern Railway won gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
Delhi in command
NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (PTI) A chanceless 213 by seasoned Ajay Sharma and a maiden century by skipper Vijay Dahiya helped Delhi to a commanding position on the third day of the North Zone Ranji Trophy match against Services here today.
Sharmas sixth-double century, which came off 311 balls and included 19 boundaries and two sixes, and his 299-run partnership with Dahiya (137 246b, 15 x 4) propelled Delhi, replying to Services first innings of 288, to 466 all out a lead of 178 runs.
Delhi bowlers then snapped
up quick wickets to leave Services tottering at 68 for
three at close. Services still need 110 runs to avoid an
At stumps Pankaj Maitrey was batting on 18 along with J P Pandey (0).
Earlier, Ajay Sharma overnight 94 completed his century off 193 balls which included nine fours and a six. He was bowled by left-arm spinner Arun Sharma.
Dahiya resuming on 83, reached his hundred off 192 balls. He struck 13 boundaries in his 137.
Medium pacer J P Pandey and Arun Sharma claimed three wickets each while M V Rao took two.
Sukhmani, Gursher best athletes
CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 Sukhmani Brar of Lawrence School, Sanawar among girls and Gursher Sidhu of Yadavindra Public School, SAS Nagar, among boys were declared the best athletes on the concluding day of the IPSC All-India Athletic meet at the YPS School, SAS Nagar, today.
Moti Lal Nehru School of Sports, Rai (Sonepat) became the proud winner of the overall trophy in both boys and girls events. MNSS, Rai, also claimed the best marchpast trophy.
Mr Nusrat Ali Khan, Minister of State for Sports asked children to set an example for others by playing sports in the true spirit. Later, he gave away the prizes.
Results: Boys: 3000 m: Shiv Sapra - Doon, Dehradun 1, time 9:56.31 sec.; Shailendra Singh - CMS, Chail 2, Vijay Kumar - SDA, Anandpur Sahib 3. 100 m: Gursher Sidhu - YPS, SAS Nagar 1, time 11.6 sec.; Amit Chillan - MNSS, Rai 2, Atul Pandey - Doon, Dehradun 3.
High Jump: Naveen Sharma, MNSS, Rai 1, Dist. 1.70 m; Juvraj - YPS, SAS Nagar 2, Nirbhai Singh - PPS, Nabha (Patiala) 3.
200 m: Gursher Sidhu - YPS, SAS Nagar 1, time 23.63; Naveen Sharma - MNSS, Rai 2, Samridhi - Lawrence Sanawar 3. 4x100 relay: MNSS, Rai 1, time 47.1 sec.; Doon, Dehradun 2, PPS, Nabha 3.
400 m Hurdles: Sandeep Rathi - MNSS Rai 1, time 1.2.07 Amanpreet Singh - SDA Anandpur Sahib 2, Chander Nagar - Doon, Dehradun 3.
Girls: 100 m: Poornima Narayan - DPS, RK Puram 1, time 13.05; Pooja M - SKV, Gwalior 2, Simer Kaur - YPS, SAS Nagar 3.
Discus throw: Sukhmani Brar - Lawrence, Sanawar 1, dist. 26.70 m Rishwant Kaur - MNSS, Rai 2, Rinchen Lhama - Welham, Dehradun 3.
200 m: Neelam More - MNSS, Rai 1, time 27.97; Purnima N - DPS, RK Puram 2, Simer Kaur - YPS, SAS Nagar 3. 800 m: Anjana Dhaka - MNSS, Rai 1, time 2.33.42; Laxmi Jhangra - Lawrence, Sanawar 2, Shamona - YPS, SAS Nagar 3. 4x100 Relay: YPS, SAS Nagar 1, time 55.65; MNSS, Rai 2, SKV Gwalior 3.
Calicut University champions
CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 Calicut University, Calicut today annexed the overall trophy in both boys and girls' sections, on the final day of the All-India Inter-University Aquatics Championship at Panjab University here today.
Calicut secured 69 points in the men's category, followed by Madras with 34 and Punjabi University, Patiala, with 16 points.
In the women's section, Calicut got 82 points while MGU, Kottayam had 32, followed by Kerala University with 22.
Defending champion Pune University men retained the waterpolo title when they beat Mumbai University in the final. Kerala University secured the third place by defeating Calcutta University.
M. Usha of Calicut University today bettered her own record in the 200 m Butterfly event with a new timing of 2:37.85 seconds.
Jaspreet Singh, the new sensation from Punjabi University, Patiala, bagged another first position in the 400 metre individual medley by clocking 5:16.77 seconds. He got the third place in 100 metre breaststroke also.
Results: Boys; 100 m freestyle; A. Pandit Madras 1, Time 0.57, 80; Mohit Delhi 2, Rajesh Calicut 3. 400 m individual medlay: Jaspreet Singh Punjabi Varsity, Patiala 1, Time 5.16.77 sec; Rameshan, Calicut 2, Paraminderpal Singh Punjabi varsity, Patiala 3. 100 m Breaststroke: Manish Jaswal Pune 1, Time 1:15.99; Veeresh Mangalore 2, Jaspreet Singh Punjabi 3.
Girls: 200 m butterfly; M. Usha Calicut 1, Time 2:37.85 Sec. NR; S.Bhagya Calicut 2, Prameela Kerala 3. 400 m individual medley: Remya Calicut 1, Time 5:44.90 Sec; Sumy Cyriac MGU Kottyam 2, J. Thomas Calicut 3. 100 m freestyle; Remya Calicut 1, Time 1:06.25; Sumish Calicut 2, S. Cyriac-MGU Kottayam 3.
Sharjah tourney live on DD
NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (PTI) Doordarshan will telecast live all matches of the Coca Cola Trophy 98 cricket tournament in Sharjah from November 6 to November 13.
The matches will be telecast from 3.45 p.m. to 7.40 p.m. and 8.10 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on DD1, from 8.28 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on DDE and 9.20 p.m. to 12 midnight or till the end of the match on DD1, a press note released said here.
Jayalakshmi wins ITF crown
INDORE, Oct 31 (PTI) Top seeded Sai Jayalakshmi of India thrashed second seeded compatriot Rushmi Chakravarty 6-0, 6-2 in just 39 minutes to claim the title in the third leg of Bridgestone ITF Women's Circuit here today.
After grabbing first set by winning six games on trot, Jayalakshmi took a quick 5-1 lead in the second. Rushmi held her serve in the seventh game, but could not stop Jayalakshmi from holding her serve in the next game and winning the match.
Jayalakshmi was in superb form today. She hit winners when it mattered most and kept her rival busy at the baseline.
She pocketed $ 650 for her title win here as she did in the second leg at Pune last week. Jayalakshmi was beaten in the first leg final at Ahmedabad by Rushmi.
The pair of Jayalakshmi and Rushmi, seeded top in the doubles event, was shocked by fourth seeded Sheetal Gautam and Shruti Dhawan in the final 4-6, 4-6 here yesterday.
Rovai lifts second successive title
BANGALORE, Oct 31 (PTI) Second seed Federico Rovai (Sweden) outclassed Thailands Danai Udomchoke in straight sets today to clinch his second successive title in the ITF Mens Satellite Circuit Tennis Tournament.
Rovai, who won the second leg at Hyderabad, exhibited some stunning cross court tennis to down his opponent 6-2, 6-4 in 65 minutes and take home the winners cheque in the third leg here.
The 25-year-old Swede, who proved too good for Udomchoke, started dominating the match from the word go, breaking the Thais serve in the first game of the first set and in the seventh.
The second set saw tough resistance from Udomchoke, but it was not enough to prevent Rovai from taking the match and the title.
"It is very nice to
make a come- back after an injury. I am looking forward
to masters next week and there is no target as such. It
was pretty good to play against Udomchoke, as any one may
upset the proceedings in the game", Rovai said
Rafiq Ali sets course ablaze
NEW DELHI, Oct 31 Playing a faultless game in an irresistible mood, lowly-placed Rafiq Ali left most of the big guns behind to take the lead with a so far best card of seven under-65 for an aggregate of 208 on the penultimate day of the fifth Honda-Siel-AGC Golf Championship at the Army Course here today.
Rafiq Ali was closely followed by three others Shiv Prakash, Uttam Singh Mundy and Jyoti Randhawa who were tied a stroke behind at 209 while Vijay Kumar was another stroke behind at 210.
Pappan and Gaurav Ghei were tied at 216, eight strokes behind the leader, while Amandeep Johl, Jeev Milkha Singh and Basad Ali were trailing at 217, nine behind the caddy-turned pro Rafiq Ali.
Ali Sher, Daniel Chopra, Mukesh Kumar, Mohd Maqbool and Vivek Bhandari were tied at 218, ten behind the leader.
Miracles notwithstanding, it should be the contest among Rafiq Ali, Shiv Prakash, Mundy, Randhawa and Vijay Kumar for the top position of the Rs 4 lakh plus prize money and a beautiful car tomorrow, the final day of the competition.
Playing a round without any blemish, Rafiq Ali had as many as seven birdies on the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th. "I played with no pressure on me," said jubilant Rafiq Ali, adding: "I will endeavour to do so tomorrow because I have nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Punjab cops, BSF to clash in semis
CHANDIGARH, Oct 31(TNS) Border Security Force and Northern Railway today joined Punjab Police and Rail Coach Factory in the semifinals of the second Dr Sadhu Singh Hamdard Memorial Hockey Tournament at Surjit Singh Memorial Stadium, Jalandhar, today.
In their last league encounters, Border Security Force overcame a stiff challenge from last year's runners-up Punjab and Sind Bank before emerging 3-2 winners while Northern Railway defeated Bharat Petroleum 5-3 in the second encounter.
Harringe (14th minute) and L. Ekka (20th and 43rd minutes) were the scorers for BSF while Parminder (34th minute) and Bhupinder Singh jr ( 61st minute) were the scorers for PSB.
In a tall scoring final league encounter, Northern Railways maintained lead throughout against star studded Bharat Petroleum. Brijnev Singh (16th and 68th minute), AP Singh (25th minute), P Singh (30th minute) and D Suleman (56th minute) were the scorers for Railmen. BP worked hard to match their fleet-footed opponents but were not able to keep pace. For them, the scorers were Ajay Kumar (28th minute) Navdeep Singh (50th minute) and Olympian Ravi Nayakar (65th minute).
The semifinals will be played on November 2 where the first encounter will be a replay of the final of the All-India Police Hockey as traditional rivals Punjab Police will face Border Security Force. In the second semifinal, Rail Coach Factory will play Northern Railway.
Scribes boycott Una Ranji tie
UNA, Oct 31 (PTI) Scribes yesterday boycotted the second day's proceedings in the Himachal Pradesh-Haryana North Zone Ranji Trophy league match alleging misbehaviour by the Himachal cricket team members towards them.
Skipper Jaswant Rai and Ranjeev Nayyar allegedly picked up a quarrel with newsmen when they had approached the scorer.
Both the batsmen were apparently enraged with the scribes for describing their performance in the one-dayer match as "slow and shabby". While Nayyar scored 47 runs in 45 overs, Rai was out on duck.
The district journalists association has decided to lodge a complaint against the players with the president of the Indian cricket board.
PU, Pbi University shuttlers in finals
BANGALORE, Oct 31 (PTI) Panjab University, Chandigarh and Punjabi University, Patiala, entered the mens and womens finals defeating Sardar Patel and Calicut University, respectively, in the Inter-University Badminton Championship here today.
Panjab University scored a 3-2 win to set up a title clash with Calicut University, who thrashed Pune 3-0 in the other semifinal in the mens section.
Calicuts S Thomas defeated Ajith Umrani 15-12, 15-10, while V Diju outclassed Sachin Sardad 15-7, 15-4.
Sanave and V Diju faced some tough resistance in a doubles match from Santhanan and U Ajith before overcoming them with a 10-15, 15-6, 15-13 verdict.
In the womens section, Punjabi University, who beat Calicut 2-1, will meet Pune in the final.
Last years champions Nagarjuna University were sent packing by Pune University (2-1) in the other womens semifinal.
St. John's in semis
CHANDIGARH, Oct 31 (BOSR) St. John's School, Sector 26, and St. Kabir School have entered the semi-final of the under-14 event of the Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament in progress here at St. John's School, today.
St. John's defeated Stepping Stone, Sector 9, by eight wickets while St. Kabir got a walk over from St. Anne's, Sector 32.
Brief scores: Stepping Stone - 9; 111 all out in 24.2 overs; (Manu 11, Vipul 13, Arvind 10, Ishan Kataria 5 for 13, Vyas Bhandari 2 for 13, Rajesh 2 for 27.) St John - 26; 113 for 2 in 13.4 overs; (Varun Sethia 45, Harneet 29, Gauhar 17).
Air Force hockey
CHANDIGARH, (BOSR): Air
Force Hockey Championship will be conducted at Air Force
Station, Chandigarh from November 2 to 9. The Air Force
Hockey team for the forthcoming Inter-Services Hockey
Championship will also be selected on the basis of
performance in this meet. The opening ceremony will be
held at Hockey Stadium, Sector 42, on November 2 at 2.45
| Punjab | Haryana | Himachal Pradesh | Jammu & Kashmir |
| Chandigarh | Editorial | Business |
| Mailbag | Spotlight | World | 50 years of Independence | Weather |
| Search | Subscribe | Archive | Suggestion | Home | E-mail |