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Tuesday, November 3, 1998
|South Korea hold Australia
LAHORE, Nov 2 South Korea surprised Australia with a 1-1 draw in the only match on day three of the 20th Champions Trophy mens hockey tournament here today. After the first two rounds of matches, Olympic and world champions Holland remained at the top of the table with six points in two matches.
Kagwe retains NYC Marathon crown
NEW YORK, Nov 2 A powerful John Kagwe ran away from Kenyan countryman Joseph Chebet in the final meters yesterday and won the New York City Marathon for the second straight year in the second-closest finish in the races 29-year history.
Susanthika sets track ablaze
flays BCCI on Harbhajan issue
South Korea hold Australia
LAHORE, Nov 2 (AFP) South Korea surprised Australia with a 1-1 draw in the only match on day three of the 20th Champions Trophy mens hockey tournament here today.
After the first two rounds of matches, Olympic and world champions Holland remained at the top of the table with six points in two matches.
Australia, with a better goal difference, are second and South Korea third.
The Australians levelled the score with 10 minutes to go after meeting tough resistance from the Koreans. Kim Young Kui scored for the Koreans in the 24th minute.
South Korea dominated most of the match and impressed with their short passes and swift changing of positions. Aussies owed a great deal to their goalkeeper, Lachlan Dreher, who saved three near a certain goals in the dying minutes of the match.
Australian forwards found it hard to break a tough Korean defence and could make very few attempts on their opponents goal.
South Korea earned a penalty corner in the sixth minute but Kim Young Baes hit was well stopped by Australian goalie Dreher.
During their counter attacks, Australia forced four short corners in the span of seven minutes but to no avail.
Kim Young Kui opened the scoring when, on a move from the right, he received the ball from Song Seon Tac and pushed it past the Australian goalie in the 24th minute as Koreans led by a solitary goal at the breather.
Olympic bronze medallist Australia thrashed South Korea 6-1 in their last Champions Trophy encounter in Adelaide last year.
South Koreans were not dispirited, even when their captain Park Shim Heum was temporarily sent off in the 46th minute, and continued their attack.
Kim Young Kui came close to score his second goal when his hit from the top of the circle was saved by Dreher.
Australia restored parity in the 60th minute when Troy Elder capitalised on a poor clearance and pushed the ball past Korean goalie Ku Jin Soo.
Three matches will be played on day four tomorrow. Defending champions Germany, without a point after two matches, meet Spain. Pakistan take on Australia and South Korea play Holland.
Points table after three days:
(Tabulated as matches played, won, lost, draw, goals for, goals against, points)
South Korea 2-1-0-1-5-4-4
Three points for a win, one for draw.
Krajicek wins Eurocard Open
STUTTGART, Nov 2 (Reuters) Dutchman Richard Krajicek slammed down 21 aces in an awesome display of power tennis to crush Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets in the final of the Eurocard Open yesterday.
Krajicek, the 11th seed, rendered Kafelnikov helpless until ending his opponents agony by punching a backhand volley on match point to seal a 6-4 6-3 6-3 victory.
By winning in Stuttgart, where he lost to Czech Petr Korda in the final last year, Krajicek boosted his chances of a berth in the ATP Tour World Championship for the top eight players, which starts on November 23 in Hanover.
Krajicek broke Kafelnikov in the opening game of the first set, which he wrapped up with an ace.
A sharp forehand volley enabled him to build a 2-1 lead in the second set. A double fault by Kafelnikov later gave him three set points. He squandered the first two but on the third the Russian hit a forehand wide.
Kafelnikov, who threw his racquet in disgust after being aced twice in a row in the seventh game of the second set, lost serve again in the third set to go 2-0 down before bowing out.
"I tried everything but nothing worked," said Kafelnikov. "When Richard serves that big, theres not much you can do. He was the better player today."
The 24-year-old Russian, whose start to the season was hampered by a knee injury sustained while skiing, has won two titles this year but has been disappointing on big occasions.
"Its been a great year because I had a child," said Kafelnikov, whose wife, Mascha, last week gave birth to a little Alesya. "But as far as tennis is concerned, its been a disaster. I want to forget about 1998, Im looking forward to 1999."
Kagwe retains NYC Marathon crown
NEW YORK, Nov 2 (AP) A powerful John Kagwe ran away from Kenyan countryman Joseph Chebet in the final meters yesterday and won the New York City Marathon for the second straight year in the second-closest finish in the races 29-year history.
Kagwe, Chebet and Tanzanias Zebedayo Bayo turned into Central Park almost even, but Bayo couldnt keep pace and fell behind. Then it was a battle between Kagwe and Chebet, also the 1-2 finishers last year.
Kagwes winning time was 2:8.45 sec. Chebet finished three seconds behind and Bayo was third at 2:08.51.
The closest finish in the history of this race was two seconds, in 1994 when Mexicos German Silva beat countryman Benjamin Paredes.
Franca Fiacconi became the first Italian to win the womens division of the NYC Marathon. She outdueled world record-holder and two-time New York champion Tegla Loroupe of Kenya over the closing kilometers.
Fiacconi, third last year
and second in 1996, was timed in 2:25.17. Adriana
Fernandez of Mexico also passed an ailing Loroupe and
finished second, at 2:26.33. Loroupe, bothered by stomach
cramps, wound up third at 2:30.26.
Susanthika sets track ablaze
COLOMBO, Nov 2 (UNI) Sri Lankan controversial sprint queen Susanthika Jayasinghe set the track ablaze by setting a new national mark and recording a grand double in the 76th National Athletics Championship here.
She set a new 100m national record yesterday, finishing in 11.27 seconds while on Saturday, she ran her favourite 200m in 23.28 seconds.
The previous 100m record, also set by her, was 11.41.
Sporting a new African hair style, she returned to the track after more than a year-long absence, during which she was plagued by controversies.
Susanthikas new record was 0.01 second behind that of Liu Xiamei, the gold-winning Chinese in 1994 Asian Games.
Over 100 Sri Lankan athletes took part in the national championship over the weekend that was called partly to select the Sri Lankan contingent for the Asian Games that open on December 3 in Bangkok.
Jayasinghe, 23, is Sri Lankas best gold hope in the 100 and 200 m.
The weekends run was Jayasinghes first since she was embroiled in a drug scandal. She was cleared of the charges earlier this year.
"It will be my resurrection. I will be rising again after painful months", Jayasinghe had said about her medal hopes in Bangkok in an earlier interview.
She tested positive for nandralone-19 when a random sample was taken after the track and field championship in Athens where she finished ahead of Ottey.
She admitted taking a drug
to control her menstrual cycle, but denied that she ever
had nandralone-19. Jayasinghe says she was set up by
frustrated Sri Lankan sports officials and government
ministers after she resisted their advances.
India need to get their act
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 India return from yet another international cricket tournament this time the Wills International Cup Cricket Tournament at Dhaka empty-handed. But what is disturbing the serious followers of the game is the fact that the Indian performance is continuing to follow the route of a yoyo, up one day and down in the dumps the next day, and that too for no apparent reason.
At Dhaka India played so positively against Australia in the opening match but in the semifinal, where their opponents were the West Indies who were without quite a few of their former stars, India ran out of ideas when some positive cricket might have seen them go through to the final.
Prior to the Dhaka outing India had taken part in as many as three tournaments the Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur, the Sahara Cup at Toronto and the three-match series against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe within a short span of two months. The first two tournaments generated a lot of controversy with the Board of Control for Cricket in India being forced to divide the cricketers into two teams "of equal strength". And this led to a total disaster. India failed to do well either in the Commonwealth Games or in the Sahara Cup where two players, Ajay Jadeja and Sachin Tendulkar, were flown halfway round the earth in an effort to buttress India's sagging morale. This, however, did not come about.
It is now too late in the day to discuss why India opted to divide a winning combination for sending a team to the Commonwealth Games. Any Indian one-day team without Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Singh, Anil Kumble or Ajay Jadeja cannot even be visualised. And even with all these players India could not get past the West Indies, who in spite of finishing runners-up at Dhaka looked a pale shadow of their former self.
Let us face facts. Any Indian team will continue to look up towards Sachin Tendulkar who is a one-man army, to pick up a Hollywood term. Be it batting, bowling or even fielding their is very little that this little man does not know about. And as the team prepares for the World Cup next year the whole team will revolve around his efforts. But then does it mean that the other players will have no role to play? Was it not rather unfair for the critics to say that he had performed below par in the Commonwealth Games?
Prior to the Dhaka tournament India did win a three-match series against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe but then again did not India lose the final match after winning the first two? This was a clear case of complacency. The Indian players should have been pulled up by the board and warned. But then that did not happen.
With so little time left for the World Cup India are already committed to play at Sharjah, tour New Zealand, where besides one-day matches a Test match is also on the cards, and then host the Pakistan team in a series of three Tests and three one-day matches next year. Will all this cricket not stale the cricketers? When will players get to rest? And it is a well-known fact that with so much money involved in the game players have a tendency to hide small injuries. But in a crunch situation these injuries pull back the performance of the team as a whole.
With the World Cup in view the selection committee should be scouting for all-rounders. (Remember the success of the bits and pieces players in the 1983 version of the tournament which India won under the leadership of Kapil Dev). Like Australia or South Africa or even Pakistan, India must build up its second rung players who can walk into the senior squad in case someone is injured or slips in performance. But that has not been the case so far.
The emphasis of the selection committee should be on fielding and fitness, two factors which play a very vital role in any one-day match. The fielding at Dhaka, specially in the match against the West Indies was sloppy, to use a mild term.
With so much money being spent by the board to avail of the services of Bobby Simpson some tangible results were expected. But so far there has been little impact of all that the former Australian allrounder and captain has taught the Indian cricketers.
Sardesai flays BCCI on Harbhajan issue
MUMBAI, Nov 2 (PTI) Former cricketer Dilip Sardesai today criticised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not standing by young offspinner Harbhajan Singh.
The offspinner was omitted from the team to the Wills International Cup at Dhaka following an International Cricket Council directive that his bowling action was suspect and had to be rectified before selection.
Speaking to PTI after launching the Standard Chartered Banks cricket card here today, the former batsman lashed out at the BCCI, saying they are mere puppets in the hands of the ICC.
He said: "I dont understand what was the point in sending the youngster (Harbhajan) to England for corrective measures that too under Titmus who could hardly turn the ball."
(Harbhajan left for England yesterday to get his bowling action corrected by former English offspinner Fred Titmus).
"If the Sri Lankan board could back its off-spinners Kumara Dharmasena and Muthiah Muralitharan why could not our board stand by Harbhajan, whose action is much more smoother than the two Sri Lankans.
"I dont understand how the ICCs throwing panel could direct the BCCI not to consider Harbhajan for the selection to national team on the basis of two ICC match referees Ranjan Madugalle of Sri Lanka and Talat Ali of Pakistan who had very little standing in international cricket.
"If the two match referees (Madugalle and Ali) think that Harbhajans action is suspect then it is time that they are told that both Dharmasena and Muralitharan, along with Pakistan leg spinner Shahid Afridi are real `chuckers.
Sardesai asked: "In what way did Titmus improve Rajesh Chauhans bowling action (when sent on a similar mission last year)."
The former Indian middle order batsman, who did not spare the media either, wondered why it was keeping quiet on the issue.
"The media, instead of supporting the Punjab lad whole-heartedly, are playing a wait and watch game," he said.
However, he expressed the confidence that the youngster would be cleared soon and would "serve" the country for many years to come.
Mushtaq available, Anwar doubtful
KARACHI, Nov 2 (ANI) Leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmad has confirmed his availability for the three one-day internationals against Australia, but Saeed Anwar has said that he is a doubtful starter. Inzamam-ul-Haq has stated that he will miss the first match.
Mushtaq and Saeed missed third and final cricket Test against Australia and also pulled out of the International Cup in Dhaka along with Inzamam because of injuries.
Mushtaq, who has 144 wickets in 130 matches, said he was much better and fitter after staying away from cricket for two weeks.
"The injury needed rest and I think I have given it enough break. It is not bothering me any more," Mushtaq said from Lahore.
However, Saeed Anwar said: "My back is still stiff and the pain is there. I would consult Dr Dan Keisal (team physiotherapist) before conveying my decision to the selectors," he added.
Inzamam said: "The toe is alright but the knee is creating problems. I have started running but the knee is not well. I am hoping to be available for the second and third matches."
The National selection committee is meeting today to finalise a 14-man team for the one-dayers to be played at Karachi, Peshawar and Lahore on Nov 6, 8 and 10 respectively.
Saeed Anwar, a scorer of 5,759 runs in 158 , stated that he has not picked up his bat since the second Test against Australia.
"I have not played any cricket for the last two weeks. Presently, I am spending most of my time in a swimming pool to strengthen by back," Anwar, who scored 194 against India last year, said.
Mushtaq Ahmad, nevertheless, was confident that he would play in the first one-dayer.
"I would be starting to turn my arm from Monday. Two good but tough days of training would make me fit and ready for the opening match," he remarked.
He said he was hampered by a left knee injury which he sustained during the first Test at Rawalpindi.
"It is not the knee which was operated upon in 1996," he said.
But there was no good news from the camp of speedster Waqar Younis who ruled out a comeback in the one-day matches.
"I am not fit. And until I dont think I have regained complete fitness, I am not returning," he said.
The speed merchant stated that he was undergoing strenuous weight training for his injured bowling elbow. "But I havent tried it yet.
Younis, who has 267 Test and 281 one-day wickets,has played just two first-class matches this season, including Australias tour opener at Karachi last month.
"As soon as I think I am ready for competitive cricket, I will confirm my availability to the selectors. But I dont think I would be available before the series against Zimbabwe," Waqar said.
Meanwhile, there is some uncertainty about whether to include or not include former skipper Salim Malik in the squad. Malik failed to score in the Third Test against Australia and in the Dhaka Mini-World Cup.
The selectors are reportedly in a quandry over who to select in Maliks place. A veteran of 274 one-dayers, Malik has scored 7,045 runs.
Shruti upsets Montika
NEW DELHI, Nov 2 (PTI) Local favourite Shruti Dhawan upset third-seed Montika Anuchan of Thailand to exact a revenge while the other three seeds made smooth progress into the second round of the ITF Womens Circuit Masters Tennis Tournament here today.
On the opening day at the Delhi Tennis Association deco turf courts which saw by and large one-sided affairs, the 16-year-old Dhawan produced powerful groundstrokes and made suitable amends for her lack of serve consistency in the second set to win in straight sets.
The 16-year-old Dhawan, who had gone down in three sets against the left-handed Montika at the just-ended Indore satellite event, was totally transformed and won 6-2 6-4.
However, the favourites progressed without any hiccups. Top-seed Sai Jayalakshmi, winner of two of the three satellite legs, brushed past Ahmedabad-lass Nikita Bharadwaj 6-0 6-1 while second seed Rushmi Chakravarthi faced some resistance in the second set before downing Pooja Deshmukh 6-0 7-5.
Orawan Wongkamalasai, the fourth-seed however maintained the Thai presence with an authoritative 6-1 6-1 victory over Karishma Patel to set up an exciting duel with 16-year-old Russian Anna Nefedova who carried too many guns against a less-than-fit Priyanka Contractor to win 6-1 6-0.
Sai Jayalakshmi will take on Archana Venkatraman, who won an unexciting baseline duel with 17-year-old Karnataka statemate Gautam Sheetal at 6-1 7-5 while Shruti Dhawan will meet Shalini Thakur, who defeated bespectacled Niyati Shetty 6-2 6-0 in a match littered with unforced errors on both sides.
The Shruti Dhawan clash with the 18-year-old Montika Anuchan proved an absorbing duel. Stroking powerfully and showing good court coverage, the Indian made her shorter rival move around and came up with sound winners.
Dhawan wrapped up the first set 6-2 and then raced to 4-2 in the second as the Thai girl struggled with her serve and also found it hard to chase deep returns to either flanks.
A default at breakpoint by Montika helped Dhawan go up 4-2, but she suddenly lost momentum dropping serve. She broke the Thais feeble serve again, but Montika dug deep into her reserves for once and clinched breakpoint and Shruti obliged with double-fault.
However, the Thais resurgence proved momentary as she failed to hold her serve and the contest ended when she netted a return from the baseline.
The 17-year-old Orawan Wonkamalasai was an impressive winner, outplaying Karishma Patel with powerful groundstrokes and with fine running forehand cross court shots. Patel just about managed to hold a serve each in either set but committed too many unforced errors and ended the fight by sending a back hand return wide.
In the last match of the day, SK Tara suffered a mid match slump before downing the experienced Aarthi Venkatraman 6-1 6-0 6-2. The Bangalore girl runs into Rushmi Chakravarthi in the next round.
Punjab cops to clash with RCF in
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 Defending champions Punjab Police will clash with Rail Coach Factory in the final of the second Dr Sadhu Singh Hamdard Memorial All-India Hockey Tournament at Surjit Singh Stadium in Jalandhar tomorrow at 2.30 p.m.
In the semi-finals played today, Rail Coach Factory defeated Northern Railways 2-0 while Punjab Police outwitted their arch rivals, Border Security Force 2-1.All the goals came in the first half of both the games.
For RCF, the star of their win was left winger Walter Lakra. His runs down the flank were penetrative. A brace by him with three minutes from 27th minute to 30th minute clinched the issue in favour of Kapurthala Coach Factory. Northern Railway tried desperately to reduce the margin. They, however, were unsuccessful as the RCF defence stood its ground well. S. Barla, captain of RCF, was adjudged Man of the Match for his outstanding performance in deep defence.
In the second semi-final, security men started on an aggressive note. A good move by H. Topno in the fifth minute saw S. Harring hoist the first goal for BSF in the fifth minute. Stung by the reverse, the policemen worked out some brilliant moves. Their efforts bore fruit in the 13th minute following a penalty corner award. Kuljinder Grewal scored from a rebound to bring the teams at par.
With barely 11 minutes to go for the first half to end, it was again indirect penalty corner conversion that gave Punjab cops an opportunity to score. This time, it was international Baljit Bhullar who scooped into net from the corner to make the issue safe for policemen. Though second half witnessed some exciting and crisp hockey, but none of the teams could score any more. The goalkeeper of Punjab police was adjudged Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.
MP-Railways tie ends in draw
NEW DELHI, Nov 2 (PTI) The Central-Zone Ranji Trophy match between Madhya Pradesh and Railways ended in a tame draw with MP crawling to 215 for three in their second innings on the fourth and final day here today.
Madhya Pradesh, who also drew their first match against Vidarbha, earned five points from this tie on the basis of the first innings lead to take their tally to 10 while Railways got three points to add to the eight they bagged against Rajasthan.
MP made 266 in their first innings and then bowled out Railways for 226.
With the visitors unwilling to take any risks on the slow turning Karnail Singh track, Railways bowlers also failed to make any headway as MP gathered runs at a slow pace, content to play for a draw.
The only highlight of the day was a snail-paced unbeaten century (100) scored by opener Harvinder Sodhi. Sodhi, batting on 21 in MPs overnight 51 for two, achieved the mark off 370 balls and hit 14 fours during his 500-minute stay.
Devender Bundela (57) was the other unbeaten batsman.
Earlier, Railways hopes of forcing a result were dashed when they failed to capitalise on the early morning conditions as Sodhi and Prashant Dwivedi (27), overnight 13, thwarted their attempts with defensive play.
MP meet UP at Lucknow from November 14 while Railways clash with Vidarbha here from November 6.
PSB meet results
From Our Sports Reporter
LUDHIANA, Oct 2 Bara Singh of hi-tech agriculture branch, Ludhiana, was adjudged the best athlete in the two-day Punjab and Sind Bank annual sports meet (Ludhiana zone) which concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday.
Results-100m: 1. Bara Singh 2. Mohan Singh Rai 3. Dangal Singh.
200m: 1. Bara Singh 2. Mohan Singh Rai 3. Dangal Singh.
400m: 1. Mohan Singh Rai 2. Dangal Singh.
800m: 1. Gurcharan Singh 2. Mohan Singh.
1500m: 1. Mohan Singh Rai 2. Dangal Singh 3. Mohan Singh.
High jump: 1. Dangal Singh 2. Mohan Singh 3 Mohan Singh Dehlon.
Long jump: 1. Bara Singh 2. Dangal Singh 3. Mohan Singh Rai.
Discus throw: 1. Gurmit Singh 2 Dangal Singh 3. RP Singh.
Shot put: 1. Gurmit Singh 2. Avtar Singh Walia 3. Gurcharan Singh.
Hammer throw: 1 Dangal Singh 2. Gurmit Singh.
Table tennis: 1. Atamjit Singh 2. Taranjit Singh Badmintion (singles) 1. RS Arora (Sherpur), 2. GS Sandhu Badminton doubles: 1. RS Arora and GS Sandhu 2. Daljit Singh and Mohan Singh.
Carrom singles: 1. Gursagar Singh 2. Satinderjit Singh carrom doubles: 1. Satinderjit Singh and MS Pardesi 2 Waryam Singh and Ravinder Kumar.
School Games in water polo,
diving at Nasik
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 The National School Games (group-I) in swimming under-19, under-17 and under-14 including diving and water polo for boys under-19 will be held at Nasik (Maharashtra) from November 26 to 30, according to Mr B.D. Gandhi, Secretary-General of the School Games Federation of India.
According to Mr Gandhi, there was no taker for the group-I games when the sports calendar for the year 1998-99 was finalised at a meeting of the SGFI in New Delhi.
Efforts were being made to prevail over the state units to come forward to organise these games so that the young swimmers were able to show their excellence and not deprived of the opportunity for the year 1998-99.
Luckily, the Maharashtra Government, Department of Sports and Youth Services, came forward to hold these games, Mr Gandhi disclosed.
Players who are under-19, under-17 and under-14 as on December 31, 1998, are eligible to take part in these games. They must be student of class XII, class X and class VIII, respectively, for taking part in these games. A swimmer can take part in one age-group during a particular year of competition.
Yong denies clean sweep to Indonesia
JAKARTA, Nov 2 (AFP) Malaysias Yong Hock Kin stopped Indonesia from making a clean sweep in the Indonesian Open Badminton tournament here yesterday when he stopped Budi Santoso 15-7, 15-6 from taking the mens singles.
It was the 24-year-old Yongs first tournament title, won against an apparently off-form Santoso in a finals which saw Indonesia snatch the womens singles, the mixed doubles and the womens doubles from Denmark.
In the womens singles a determined Mia Audina beat Mette Sorensen 11-0, 11-6, but the real battle came in the 70-minute-long womens doubles, which pitted Denmarks Marlene Thomsen and Rikke Olsen against Indonesias Deyana Lomban and Elisa Nathaniel.
After a marathon second set, the Danes especially Olsen who had already played in a gruelling mixed doubles and had set the pace in the first set visibly tired in the third to lose the game 7-15, 17-15, 15-7.
In the first game of the night, the mixed doubles, Olsen and Michael Sogaard fell to Indonesias Trikus Haryanto and Minarti Timur 10-15, 15-6, 15-6. That game also stretched to 70 minutes.
The mens doubles, the final game of the night, was an all Indonesian affair which saw Ricky Subagya and Rexy Mainaky make short shrift of Flandy Limpele and Eng Hiang 15-5, 15-4.
HP athletics squad faces awkward situation
HAMIRPUR, Nov 2 (FOC) Member of the Himachal Pradesh contingent for the Calcutta National Athletic Meet faced an awkward situation when on reaching the Kalka railway station on October 31, they found that their seats were not reserved for Calcutta in the train as informed by Mrs Suman Rawat Mehta, secretary of the association.
The harassed members of the contingent went to Chandigarh by the same train alongwith team manager, Vijay Kumar and terminated their journey as they could not get any seat.
Kumari Pushpa Thakur, a national athlete of Hamirpur district who was accompanying coach Bhupinder Singh returned home on Sunday night in a state of despair and grief. She was selected to take part in the meet on the basis of trials held at Bilaspur on October 18. She was told there that their seats would be booked for Calcutta well in an advance.
A close friend of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal brought this to the notice the Chief Minister on Sunday night, who in turn ordered the authorities in New Delhi to book two seats for the Hamirpur athlete and her coach by an Indian Airlines flight for their onward journey to Calcutta so that the budding athlete could compete in the championship.
Kumari Pushpa Thakur and her coach left here for New Delhi late last night.
Vivek annexes chess title
ROHTAK, Nov 2 (TNS) Vivek Kaushal, Rohtak, won the open district chess championship for the third time in a row which concluded here today evening. The inter school district chess titles went to the M.D.N. School Rohtak, in boys and girls (under 12 yrs) sections.
Nearly 125 players in open and 12 schools took part in the two-day championship. The tournament was organised by the district chess association. Mr Pradeep Jain District BJP chief gave away the prizes.
Boys section (under 12) Arun Dalal (M.D.N.) 1, Milan Aggarwal (MDN) 2, Sunil Deshwal (MDN) 3.
Girls section (under 18): Rohini Katyal (Model School) 1, Puja (MDN) 2, Deepti Saini (Saini Secondary School) 3.
Boys section (under 18): Rahul Sharma (VKM Sch) 1, Gaurv Gupta (VKM) 2, Virinder Arya (KD Arya School) 3.
Sodhi XI register 41-run victory
LUDHIANA, Nov 2 (FOSR) Sodhi XI recorded a 41-run victory over Balia Cricket club in the inaugural match of the 6th Veera Devi Memorial Cricket tournament at the focal point, Chandigarh road ground, here today.
Batting first, Sodhi XI made 133 for 9 in 20 overs. In reply, Balia Club could muster only 92 in 16.5 overs.
In the second match,
Cricket Club defeated SDP Coaching Centre by 9 wickets.
Chasing a target of 68 runs, Unity Club scored 69 for 1
after 14.2 overs.
Himachal all out for 147
PATIALA, Nov 2 (FOSR) A fine knock by opener Munish Sharma, batting on a fluent 70, put Punjab in the driver's seat on the opening day of the three-day North Zone Cooch-Behar Cricket Tournament match played at the Dhruv Pandove Cricket Stadium here today.
At draw of stumps Punjab were cruising comfortable at 123 for 2 after having bundled out Himachal Pradesh for a measly 147 in the first innings.
Scores: Himachal Pradesh 147 all out (Pankaj Kapoor 29, Sandeep Verma 23, Yadvinder Sen 22, Amit Mahajan 20, Sanjay Dhul 3 for 18, Sarandeep Singh 3 for 44, Yuvraj Singh 2 for 20).
Punjab 1st innings: 123 for 2 (Munish Sharma 70 not out, Ravneet Ricky 33, Yuvraj 12, Sanjay Dhul 6 not out, Amit Mahajan 2 for 31).
Tilak Raj clinches veterans TT crown
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 (BOSR) Tilak Raj, a former national TT player, won the Veterans single (between 40 to 45 years) title, defeating Patanjali Kumar in the Chandigarh Veterans TT tournament which concluded here at Sector 23 TT hall today. Savita Dobhall won the women's above 35 years title by subduing Nutan Sharma.
Mr S.D. Bhambri, General Manager The Tribune was the chief guest. He gave away the prizes.
Results: Men's Singles; 40-45 years; Tilak Raj b Patanjali Kumar, 17-21, 21-14, 21-15.
Men's single: 50-60 years; Balbir Singh b Avtar Singh 21-18, 24-22.
Men single: Above 60 years; Prof. Deva b Mr SD Bhambri, 21-19, 21-12.
Women single: Above 35 Years; Savita Dobhall b Nutan Sharma, 21-10, 21-17 Lucky Mixed doubles: Balbir Virdi & Vinod Sharma b Tilak Raj & TK Dogra 21-14, 21-18.
CHANDIGARH, Nov 2 (BOSR) Chandigarh Football Association will conduct field trials to select at least 30 probables for a coaching camp to represent Chandigarh in the national football championship (Under 21) years (Zonal) for M Dutta Trophy to be held at Varanasi (UP) in the last week of November.
The trials will be conducted at Football Coaching Centre, Govt. Model Sr Sec. School, Sec. 23 on November 5 at 3.30 pm according to Mr Rakesh Bakshi, hony secretary of the CFA. The players born on or after January 1, 1978 are eligible for trials and they must bring their proof of age.
LUDHIANA, Nov 2 (FOSR) Trials to select the Ludhiana football team (u-19) will be conducted at Guru Nanak Stadium on November 6 at 11 am. Players should report to Mr Amritpal Singh Mavi, football coach, at the venue. Selected players will participate in the Punjab State Junior Football Championship to be held at Phagwara from November 10 to 13, according to Mr Tara Singh Lotey, secretary, Ludhiana District Football Association.
Maninderjit to lead
ROPAR, Nov 2 (FOC) Maninderjit Singh will lead Ropar in the Punjab State (under 16) Cricket Championship for the ML Markan Trophy.
According to Mr SP Singh, secretary of Ropar District Cricket Association, Ropar will play against Kapurthala in the opening match on November 3 and 4 at BBMB cricket ground, Nangal.
The other member of the teams are Sandip (junior), Alam Singh, Harpartap, Dilraj Singh, Kanwardeep Singh, Inder Preet Singh, Suresh Chander, Gaurav Sharma, Hitesh Rampal, Sunny, Avtar Singh, Munish Sharma, Mohan Lal, Ravnish Bhola, Nil Bhatt, Gurinderjit and Deepak Sehgal.
SANGRUR (FOSR) The
Punjab Schools (under-19) Cricket Championships for girls
will be held at Sangrur from November 5 to 9, Mr Deva
Singh, DEO has said. The Punjab team for participation in
the National School Games will be selected during the
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