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Wednesday, October 21, 1998
|Upset win for Panja; Srinath
HYDERABAD, Oct 20 Top seeded Indias Prahlad Srinath and second seed Rovai Federico of Sweden posted victories in contrasting style but it was the qualifier Saurav Panja who hogged the limelight when he scored a win against seventh seed Marian Leysek and sailed into the pre-quarters of the ITF-GVK Indian Satellite Tennis Circuit second leg tournament here today.
ICC-nominated player to help Harbhajan
CALCUTTA, Oct 20 The International Cricket Council will nominate a player to assist off spinner Harbhajan Singh to rectify his bowling action as soon as it receives a letter from the BCCI.
A meek surrender
CHANDIGARH: Yet another Indian spinner had to be pulled out of international cricket due to a suspect action.
Akram, Saqlain recalled
Upset win for Panja; Srinath advances
HYDERABAD, Oct 20 (UNI) Top seeded Indias Prahlad Srinath and second seed Rovai Federico of Sweden posted victories in contrasting style but it was the qualifier Saurav Panja who hogged the limelight when he scored an upset win against seventh seed Marian Leysek of Slovakia and sailed into the pre-quarters of the ITF-GVK Indian Satellite Tennis Circuit second leg tournament being played here today.
Srinath who won the first leg at Mumbai couple of days back without much sweat on his eyebrow sidelined Praveen Sreenivasan at 6-4, 6-4.
Both players shared eight games but it was in the ninth game that Srinath broke Praveens serve and held on to his own to win the first set at 6-4.
It was the same story in the second set which Srinath won at 6-4. It was clear that Srinath was having a feel of the court and that is the reason he took his own time to win the tie. Srinath will take on Vishal Gupta in the pre-quarters.
Second seed Rovai Federico in a match which lasted a little over 70 minutes struggled to oust Hungarian Zoltan Boroczky at 7-6, (7-2), 6-2.
Both players kept the ball at the baseline and at times rushed to the net to emerge clear winners. Both players committed too many unforced errors. It was the second seed Rovai who committed lesser number of errors and won the first round.
In the crucial stages of the first set, Zoltan committed double faults. Adding to this, he had pain in his left knee because of braces. Moreover, in the second set doctors had to attend on him to examine his knee.
Former Indias junior national champion Saurav Panja scored an upset win over seventh seed Marian Leysek at 6-4, 6-1 which lasted about 60 minutes.
With todays victory Panja avenged the defeat he had suffered in Mumbai at the hands of Marian.
Right from the first set it was Panja who held the upper hand but it was in the ninth game of the first set Panja broke Leysek and went on win the set at 6-4.
In the second set Panja played like a champion and conceded only one game to win the set and match at 6-4, 6-1.
In another interesting tie, third seed Patrick Erhardt of Germany playing an aggressive game had to bring his best foot forward to beat a spirited fight from south paw Vinod Sridhar at 7-5, 6-4 even as fourth seeded Johan Dede of Sweden without much ado moved into the second round defeating qualifier Gerhard Fahlke of Germany 6-1, 6-3.
The following are todays results: (singles) Vijay Kannan bt Nalinothu Bose Kiran 6-2, 6-0, Harsh Mankad bt Vijendra laad 6-2, 6-1, Saurav Panja bt Marian Leysek (Svk) 6-4, 6-1, Prahlad Srinath bt Praveen Sreenavasan 6-4, 6-4, Sandeep Kirtane bt Nitin Kirtane 6-2, 6-0, Johan Hede (Swe) bt Gerhard Fahlke (Gem) 6-1, 6-3, Rovai Federico (Swe) bt Zoltan Boroczky (Hug) 7-6, 6-2 and Patrick Erhardt (Gem) bt Vinod Sridhar 7-5, 6-4.
(Doubles): Vasudeva Reddy and Prahlad Srinath bt Kaleem Ahmed and Waheed Ahmed 6-2, 6-1; Vijay Kannan and Harsh Mankad bt Vinaj Karia and Anjan Viplav 6-2, 6-0.
Tyson wins back license to box
LAS VEGAS, Oct 20 (Reuters) Former Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has won one of the toughest battles of his career the right to enter a ring and fight again after almost being drummed out of the sport.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission yesterday reinstated the boxing license it stripped from his 15 months ago as punishment for biting opponent Evander Holyfield's ear during a title bout. The act stunned the boxing world and cost Tyson a $ 3 million fine.
During a three-hour hearing in Las Vegas, Tyson, 32, told the five-man panel of his emotional devastation since the June 28, 1997, bout when he twice bit chunks off the reigning champion's ear.
The Nevada commission then lifted its lifetime suspension and warned that he either behave himself of be thrown out of the ring for life with no opportunity for another chance.
Before announcing the four-to-one vote, commission chairman Elias Ghanem told Tyson: "I am prepared to give you one last chance in Nevada, but I want to warn you this will indeed be your last chance."
Tyson, who is undergoing psychotherapy as a condition of the restoration of his right to box, said: "My life has been devastated from this ordeal...you gentlemen have no idea what it is like to be myself."
NEW YORK (AP): A man he once fought and a promoter he is fighting expressed satisfaction that Mike Tyson will get another boxing license.
"It's about time they gave the man's license back", said Larry Holmes, who came out of retirement to get knocked out by Tyson in a title bid on January 22, 1998. "I wish him well".
Don King, whom Tyson is suing for $ 100 million, also said he was pleased with the decision by the Nevada commission.
"I am delighted Tyson will be able to fight again," said King, who's accused of cheating the former heavyweight champ out of millions of dollars.
As for Holyfield, he has often said he thought Tyson had paid for his mistake and should get a license.
"The primary victim of that mistake has forgiven him completely," said Jim Thomas, Holyfield's Lawyer. "Mike has had an exemplary career inside the ropes, with one major exception, everybody deserves a second chance."
Mills Lane, the referee who disqualified Tyson, did not wish to give an opinion.
"It's the commission's call to do what they think is appropriate," Lane said. "They made this choice, now let's move on."
Whomever and whenever Tyson fights, Holmes believes the former champ could face a tough challenge.
"His toughest fight will be with the first opponent who gets into the ring with him who's not afraid of him," Holmes said.
His hole card has been tipped, Evander Holyfield showed how to fight Mike Tyson "Don't run, stand in there and box him."
Taylor misses mark as Test ends in draw
PESHAWAR, Pakistan Oct 20 (AFP) The runs kept flowing but Australian captain Mark Taylor just missed out on beating Graham Gooch's record match aggregate today as the second Test against Pakistan fizzled into a draw.
With Taylor's dismissal just before tea for 92, there was little more to fight for in an encounter which produced his superb unbeaten First innings of 334, three other centuries and some near misses.
Taylor's total for the match of 426 was 30 behind the aggregate of former England skipper Gooch against India at Lord's in 1990.
Gooch is also the only batsman to score a triple century and a century in a Test and Taylor seemed set to become the second when he was bowled by Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail.
"That was in my mind. But this kind of thing happens. The wicket was full of runs, so they flowed and the Test ended in stalemate", said Taylor, who hit 11 fours in his 218 minute innings.
Australia finished on 289 for five in the second innings with Steve Waugh finishing with 49 not out and Ian Healy 14 not out.
Ejaz Ahmed and Saeed Anwar hit centuries in Pakistan's first innings of 580-9 declared. Inzamam-ul-Haq made 97.
Australia lead the three Test series 1-0 after their innings and 99-run triumph in the first Test at Rawalpindi, their first win in Pakistan for 39 years.
The third Test begins in Karachi on Thursday.
The Peshawar Test will almost certainly be remembered for Taylor's decision to declare the first innings at 599-4 on the third morning, leaving him 42 short of Brian Lara's world record test innings of 375 in 1993-94.
"We have been troubled by injuries in this series and missed key bowlers in this Test but the wicket was so good and when they piled such a huge total there was no chance of a decision," said the Pakistan captain.
Pakistan's ace paceman Waqar Younis is out of the series due to an elbow injury while Wasim Akram missed the second Test due to flu and a sore throat.
Australia resumed at 21-0 and leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed, who is in danger of losing his place for the third Test, took both the wickets to fall in the first session. He trapped Michael Slater for 21 which included three fours.
Justin Langer who made 116 in the first innings struggled to 14 when he was well caught at short leg by Yousuf Yohanna.
Australia were 93-2 at lunch.
Mark Waugh helped his captain add 103 runs for the third wicket. Waugh made his highest score of the series with 43. Paceman Shoaib Akhtar brought one back to Waugh who missed the line and was bowled.
At tea Australia were 209-2.
Ricky Ponting followed his 76 not out in the first innings with an impressive 43 before falling to Ejaz. Ian Healy completed his 4,000 runs in his 105th Test.
Mark Waugh denies allegations
SYDNEY, Oct 20 (Reuters) Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has denied unsourced claims that he had been involved in match-fixing and illegal betting on games.
Australian media reported today that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has on its files a letter alleging links between Waugh and former Australia batsman Dean Jones and an unidentified bookmaker.
The reports said the letter, described as confidential and from Australia, was being investigated by the PCB legal advisers.
"I've never had a bet on a cricket match in my life," Waugh was quoted as saying in the Australian newspaper.
"I've never been involved in match-fixing at any time in my life."
Waugh is currently with the Australian team playing in Pakistan.
In 1994, Waugh and team mates Shane Warne and Tim May accused Pakistan batsman Salim Malik of offering them a bribe to "throw" a Test in Karachi which Pakistan eventually won by one wicket.
Waugh two weeks ago repeated his allegations to a judicial commission investigating those charges.
An interim report released by the PCB last month recommended that Malik, Wasim Akram and Ijaz Ahmad should not be selected until the investigations were completed.
Jones last week also denied allegations he was forced to retire from international cricket in 1994 because of involvement with betting or match-fixing.
Former Pakistan bowler Sarfraz Nawas was reported to have made the accusation in a sworn statement to the high court commission of inquiry in Pakistan.
Jones labelled Sarfraz's claim "absolute hogwash" and an insult.
Akram, Saqlain recalled
KARACHI, Oct 20 (Reuters) Injuries to leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Zahid have ruled them out of Pakistans decisive third Test against Australia, starting in Karachi on Thursday.
Mushtaq has a bruised knee and Zahid a groin injury.
All-rounder Wasim Akram, out of the drawn second Test because of influenza, and off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who was abroad, have been recalled to the squad.
Australia, 1-0 ahead, will be bidding for their first Test series victory on the sub-continent in 39 years.
Team from: Aamir Sohail
(captain), Saeed Anwar, Ijaz Ahmed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Salim
Malik, Yousaf Youhanna, Moin Khan (wicketkeeper), Wasim
Akram, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Akram, Shahid Nazir,
Arshad Khan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shakeel Ahmed, Shahid
Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar.
Warne may miss Ashes series
LONDON Oct 20 (Reuters) Leg-spinner Shane Warne said he has not bowled properly for six months and hinted he might miss the Ashes series against England.
"I have to face the ugly truth that I am losing my battle to be fit to face England in the first Ashes Test," Warne said in a column in todays Daily Mirror.
"For the first time I have to admit that I havent bowled a proper leg-break for six months. It could be another three weeks before I try again.
"Im working on bowling properly again in the next few weeks. I may have to be patient and wait for the World Cup in England next June." The first Test begins in Brisbane on November 20.
Warne said his recovery after major shoulder surgery in May was well ahead of schedule but he was far from ready to bowl in a Test match.
"All Im doing now is rolling my arm over. Ive only just started bowling with a cricket ball again.
"Still, its a matter of when I bowl properly again, not if I bowl."
Warne said he was aiming to return to the Victorian side for their second Sheffield Shield game starting on November 4.
"That will be my one big chance before the Aussie selectors pick the team for Brisbane."
ICC-nominated player to help Harbhajan
CALCUTTA, Oct 20 (PTI) The International Cricket Council (ICC) will nominate a player to assist off spinner Harbhajan Singh to rectify his bowling action as soon as it receives a letter from the BCCI.
"I think the Indian board has already sent the letter regarding Harbhajan. The ICC will nominate a player to help him take corrective measures, ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya has told a press conference here.
Dalmiya said the ICC did not believe in harming the career of any player and it would expedite the entire process so that the spinner could stage an early comeback into the national team.
The 18-year-old Harbhajan Singh was dropped on Sunday from the team for the nine-nation Wills International Cup in Dhaka on the directive of the ICCs advisory panel on illegal deliveries for a "suspect bowling action.
Dalmiya said the entire cost for helping Harbhajan rectify his bowling action would be borne by the ICC like in the case of another Indian spinner Rajesh Chauhan.
The ICC President said three match referees had referred Harbhajans bowling action to the ICC experts panel after watching him in three separate tournaments.
The panel, after watching video tapes of the bowlers action, felt that "certain corrective measures were required, he said.
Dalmiya, however, refused to divulge the names of the match referees.
On Kapil Devs statement that he was not party to the ICC directive, Dalmiya said the panel had sent a video tape to him but he had chosen not to respond citing his own reasons.
Dalmiya said Kapil Devs suggestion that all the members in the panel should be consulted before taking any decision would be looked into by the ICC. Kapil Dev is also a member of the ICCs panel on illegal deliveries.
In case of complaints, the member from the bowlers country is excluded as per the existing practice.
When pointed out that the ICC panel did not have too many spinners, Dalmiya said the panel consisted of players who have played at the highest level and were competent to judge a bowlers action.
Azad defends Harbhajan
CHANDIGARH: Dronacharya awardee Desh Prem Azad today appealed to the BCCI to take all possible measures to defend young spinner Harbhajan Singh whose bowling action was being suspected.
Azad in a statement said here that if Harbhajan Singh had a suspected bowling action then every off spinner in the world is a chucker. Harbhajan Singh was a genuine off spinner with a lot of variation flight and spin with a good loop following the footsteps of E.A.S. Prassana and S. Venkatraghvan.
He said Harbhajan had already-played against Australia at various places, including a home series, Sharjah and at Kuala Lumpur where he bowled in front of international umpires of repute. None of these umpires warned him about suspected bowling action leave aside calling him a chucker, Azad said.
A meek surrender by BCCI
CHANDIGARH: Yet another Indian spinner had to be pulled out of international cricket due to a suspect action. This time the axe has fallen on Punjab off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who has not been included in the Indian team for the nine-nation Wills International Cup, to be held at Dhaka from October 24 to November 1. The last time such a situation arose when Rajesh Chauhan was pulled out of international cricket due to suspect action. The Madhya Pradesh off-spinner never played international cricket again.
Harbhajan Singh was not included in the Indian team as the International Cricket Council has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India that the bowler has to take corrective action before he plays international cricket again. The international body took this drastic action after watching video clips of the bowlers action.
Harbhajan Singh, who made his international debut on April 17, 1998, against New Zealand at Sharjah, has so far played 13 one-day internationals and two Tests, one against Australia at home and one against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe during Indias recent tour of that African nation. He also played for India in the Commonwealth Games at Kuala Lumpur.
During his brief career Harbhajan has taken 18 wickets in one-day internationals at an average of 27.27 in 13 matches during which he has sent down at total of 115 overs, three of them maidens. In the two Test matches he has played so far he has claimed seven wickets for 242 runs, an average of 34.57. In the two Tests he has bowled 64 overs, eight of them maidens.
It was last year that Harbhajan Singh made his first class debut for Punjab. In the six Ranji Trophy matches he has played so far (three in the north zone league and three in the super league) he has taken 18 wickets at an average of 22.50. In these Ranji Trophy matches he has sent down 179 overs, 56 of them maidens.
The moot question which arises is why has the International Cricket Council asked the BCCI not to include Harbhajan Singh in any team for international match when not a single referee, both at home and abroad, has called him for chucking? By bowing to the dictats of the International Cricket Council in the case of Harbhajan the BCCI is bound to break the confidence of the young off-spinner. One remembers the trauma Rajesh Chauhan had to go through when he was pulled out of international cricket for suspect action. In spite of the fact that two of Indias greatest cricketers, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, had cleared his action he still had to be sent to an ICC-nominated coach to London to clear his action but by then his confidence had been shattered and he never played international cricket again.
What the board should have done was to allow Harbhajan Singh to continue playing international cricket till he was called by some umpire and then do what was necessary to clear the doubts raised by the International Cricket Council. By meekly surrendering to the orders of the international body the BCCI has not served the interests of its own players.
This is what the Sri Lanka board did in the case of their off-spinner Muthiah Muralitharan. Muralitharan, who continued to play international cricket in spite of a suspect action warning from the International Cricket Council, was only pulled out of international cricket (and that too briefly) after he was called by an Australian umpire when Sri Lanka were touring that island continent .
By adopting this method the morale of this young Punjab bowler would have remained high, a very important ingredient in international cricket. The consoling words of the chairman of the national selection committee, Ajit Wadekar, that Harbhajan Singh can still be our best bowler can hardly be of much help to the lanky Punjab spinner at the current juncture.
Siemerink, Costa crash out
LYON, Oct 20 (AP) Albert Costa of Spain and the Netherlands, Jan Siemerink, two seeded players, suffered shock defeats on the first day of the high-profile Lyon Grand Prix tennis tournament.
Costa, the world No 16 and sixth seed here, was beaten by 19-year-old Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale, 7-5, 6-3 yesterday.
"Beating a top 50 player is my ambition for the year so I am delighted with the result," Di Pasquale said after the match. "I am not too well-known and perhaps I was underestimated, which worked to my advantage."
After taking the first set 7-5, Di Pasquale broke Costas serve to go 4-2 ahead in the second set after a Costa double fault.
Di Pasquale was full of confidence and served two aces one a second serve in the final game to win in just one hour, is minutes.
No 5 Seed Siemerink was beaten by veteran Italian Gianluca Pozzi in three sets.
Dutchman Siemerink, who recently won the Toulouse Open, seemed on course for victory after coasting through the first set, 6-2.
But a resurgent Pozzi, ranked 58 in the world 43 places below Siemerink quickly improved his first serve and put the No 5 seed under pressure with a series of fine forehand returns.
After winning the second set 6-4, Pozzi won a vital service break in the third game of the final set and broke again to go 4-1 ahead.
Siemerink broke back immediately and, at 4-3, had a chance to go level with the score at 0-30.
But the 33-year-old Italian hit a stunning forehand to get back into the game and ran out a comfortable winner against a dejected Siemerink.
French No 1 Cedric Pioline, a two-time Lyon finalist, was the only seeded player to win Monday, winning a tough match against countryman Sebastien Grosjean 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-1 in the two hours 12 minutes.
Frances Nicolas Escude had little trouble qualifying for round two, overcoming Spains Juan Antonio Marin 6-0, 6-4 in less than an hour.
In a match between two promising 20-year-olds, Germanys Tommy Haas beat Arnaud Clement of France 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4.
For the first time, the worlds top three players are at the $ 750,000 Lyon Grand Prix ATP tournament.
In the first round, world No 1 Pete Sampras plays fellow American Todd Martin, while No 2 Patrick Rafter and No 3 Marcelo Rios also face US opposition.
Rafter takes on Steve Campbell, while Rios plays Jeff Tarango.
Griffith Joyner's legacy lives on
LOS ANGELES, Oct 20 (AP) The late Florence Griffith Joyner put in a lifetime of hard work to reach her goals, and the accomplishments didnt stop when she died.
A line of athletic shoes and clothes that she had been working on will be introduced as planned, her husband announced yesterday.
Griffith Joyner, Olympic gold medalist and holder of world records in the 100 and 200 metres, died on September 21 in her sleep at her home in Mission Viejo. She was 38.
There has been speculation that Griffith Joyner may have had unsuspected heart problems, but results of an investigation into the cause of death were still pending, said Lt. Hector Rivera, a spokesman for the County Sheriff and Coroner.
Al Joyner, the 1984 Olympic triple jump champion, said his wife had been working since last year on the "FGI" collection, participating in every step of the design process. The line was scheduled to appear in mid-November.
A portion of the sale proceeds will go to the non-profit Florence Griffith Joyner Memorial Empowerment Foundation to continue helping children around the world, he said.
"Florence had long dreamed of having her own signature line," Joyner said. As with everything in her life, she put a tremendous amount of time, energy and passion into making this line a success. By continuing the work she started, we are adding to her legacy."
Doping widespread, say swimmers
BONN, Oct 20 ( Reuters) Top German swimmers Chris Carol Bremer and Mark Warnecke have said doping was widespread in their sport and it was possible to pass dope tests successfully while on banned drugs.
"In the bags of swimmers everywhere you will find testosterone and EPO (erythropoietin)," Bremer, a bronze medallist in the 200 metres butterfly at the 1994 world championships in Rome, told German television Ard.
"It is no secret that you can go through dope tests without any problems.
"The main thing is to stay under the 6 (to 1) ratio," he added, referring to the level of testosterone compared with that of epitestosterone, another hormone.
"It is possible, with pills or injections, to stay just under the authorised level."
Warnecke, Olympic 100 metres breaststroke bronze medallist, supported Bremer's statements.
"With the right prescription, you can stay under six at 5.5 to 1 for example all the time," he told the same programme.
"It's like a driver who would be found to have 0.4 (grams of alcohol per litre of blood). He can say he didn't drink anything but everybody knows that's not true."
O'Meara climbs to No 2 slot
LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) Mark O'Meara leapfrogged David Duval to number two in the world yesterday after his thrilling world matchplay victory over Tiger Woods at the weekend.
The 41-year-old Pipped Woods, ranked number one, at the last hole at Wentworth on Sunday to add the matchplay title to the U.S. Masters and British Open titles he has won this year.
Duval had declined a matchplay invitation so he could defend U.S. tour titles in his attempt to head the money list which he currently leads with some $ 2,480,000 (about Rs 10.6 crore).
This year O'Meara has saved his best or the big events and said after winning the matchplay: "I have never thought about becoming number one I've just tried to be the best player I can be."
But he added: "If I'm fortunate to win the Tour championship in a couple of weeks, that might change everything."
4x400 relay mark ratified
MONACO, Oct 20 (Reuters) The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics, said yesterday it had ratified the men's 4x400 metres relay world record set by the USA in July this year.
Jerome Young, Anotonio Pettigrew, Tyree Washington and Michael Johnson clocked two minutes 54.20 seconds at the Goodwill Games in New York on July 22.
Army XI, VSC enter q-finals
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (PTI) Vasco Sports Club and Army XI reached the quarterfinal league stage of the Kelvinator Durand Cup Football Tournament after topping their respective groups here today.
Vasco Club from group ii and Army XI (group I) won both their league matches, thus garnering six points each to join the other six teams Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, FC Kochin, PSEB, Air-India, Mahindra and Mahindra in the quarterfinal league.
In a slow-paced match, the Goa club defeated Indian Navy by a solitary goal and the group I encounter was also won by the Army XI by an identical margin.
Two missed chances by Goan centre forward Premanand Gadekar saw the first half end barren in the match between the Goa club and Indian Navy.
The deadlock was broken almost at the final whistle in the 89th minute when Mathew dCosta guided a powerful right-footer from substitute Gregory Clark off a skipper Lovis Nicksons pass into the net.
The second match of the day between Army XI and IAF XI saw both teams engaged in a good display, but Army XI dominated for the better part.
Raghu Kumar scored the all-important goal off a rebound in the 17th minute after Johnny Gengmei failed to chest in a Saroj Gurung cross.
Indian w'lifting squad for Asian Games
CALCUTTA, Oct 20 (PTI) The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) today announced a seven-member team for the Bangkok Asian Games in December.
The team was selected on the basis of performance in the recently-held selection trials in Patiala and comprises five women lifters and two men lifters, IWF general secretary Gopal Khanra said.
While star lifters N. Kunjarani Devi and K. Malleswari will lead the Indian challenge in the womens section in Bangkok, A.K. Pandian and Satheesa Rai, both of whom won gold medals in last months Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, were the two male lifters selected for the Asian Games.
Khanra said the lifters would continue to train in Patiala under their respective coaches.
While P.S. Sandhu and T. Stochiev of Bulgaria are coaching the women, the men are under coach A.K. Sirohi.
Following are the teams:
Women: N. Kunjarani Devi (48 kg), Sanamacha Chanu (53 kg), Pratima Kumari (58 kg), K. Malleswari (63 kg), Ujwala Mane (75 kg). Men: A.K. Pandian (56 kg), Satheesa Rai (77 kg).
Manager: Sqn Ldr B.R. Gulati.
Tight security for Delhi-Haryana
ROHTAK, Oct 20 The district administration has made tight security arrangements for the Ranji Trophy match between Haryana and Delhi to be played at the Vaish College stadium here from October 21 to 25.
The 22-member Haryana team had arrived here on October 15 to attend a camp before the commencement of the one-day match on October 21 to be followed by a four-day match. The skipper of the Haryana team, Ajay Jadeja, is expected to reach Rohtak late today evening.
The manager of Haryana Ranji team, Mr Aman Kumar, told TNS that Jadeja has sent message that he would join the team late on Tuesday. The final squad of 15 players would be announced either late today night or before the start of the match tomorrow.
Because of the ongoing controversy for supremacy in the Haryana Cricket Association between the Ranbir Mahendra and Kapil Dev factions, the district administration is not leaving thing to chance. The DSP (Hq) has been made overall incharge for the matches to maintain law and order on the ground.
The Delhi players also arrived today and had practice at the nets. The Delhi team is also likely to be announced before the commencement of the match tomorrow.
The Ranji match is being held at Rohtak after a decade. The last Ranji match was played here between Haryana and Services in 1989 at Vishawkarma School ground.
Janaki, Pooja duo enters q-finals
PUNE, Oct 20 (UNI) Former national champion Janaki Krishnamurthy pairing with Pooja Deshmukh of India overcame a resolute combination of Karishma Patel and Nikita Bharadwaj, also of India 6-3, 6-4 in a gruelling tussle and sailed into the last eight of the womens doubles event in the BPL Mobile second leg ITF Women's Satellite Tennis Championship being played at the synthetic courts of the Deccan Gymkhana here today.
Also joining the winners in the quarterfinals were the other Indian combination of Trishna Willaims and the Tara Kambargimat who downed Kasturi Bhat and Nona Wagh also of India in a binding match, 6-4, 6-3.
With only 12 pairs in the fray the top seeded pair of Sai Jayalaxmi and Rushmi Chakravarthy along with second seeded sister duo of Archana and Arthi besides the Thai combination of Orawan Wongkamalasai and Montika Anuchan the third seed and the fourth seeded pair of Anna Nefedova of Russia and Stutti Smit of India have been directly seeded into the quarterfinals.
The quarterfinal line up thus drawn will see Rushmi and Sai take on Shruti Dhawan and Sheetal Gautam while Archana and Arthi meet Tara and Trishna. Orawan and Montik clash with Shalini and Jutika Chokshi in the other match even as Nefedova and Smit cross swords with Janaki and Pooja Deshmukh.
Janaki and Pooja exhibited fine understanding and control, though Pooja dropped her serve in the third game to trail 1-2. They however, made a fine recovery to break Bhardwajs serve in the fourth game and Patels in the sixth game. The Gujrati combination committed errors at crucial stages of the game as Bhardwaj dropped her serve in the eight game to lose the set 3-6.
The second set saw the rivals levelled at 3-3, game all.
Bhardwaj proved again to be a weak link as she was broken twice which helped the rival pair of Janaki and Pooja claim the set 6-4 after an hours grim battle.
The other tie was also fought on even terms as Trishna dropped her serve in the second game while the rival duo of Bhat and Wag took a 3-0 lead. But Trishna and Tara braced up their game and came back with a vengeance to restore the parity at 3-3, breaking the rival Wagh twice. The decisive break however came in the seventh game when Wagh was broken and the winners took the first set 6-4.
The second set saw Bhat being broken in the third and the seventh game even as Trishna and Tara polished off the second set 6-3 and took their place in the quarterfinals after a 55 minute struggle.
Following are the results: Gautam Sheetal and Shruti Dhawan (Ind) b Vadahi Kameshwari and Tarminder Grover (Ind) 6-0, 6-1; Shaini Thakur and Jutika Chokshi (Ind) b Snal Marker and Shivani Bhat (Ind) 6-0, 6-0; Janaki Krishnamurthy and Pooja Deshmukh (Ind) b Kashmira Patel and Nikita Bhardwaj 6-3, 6-4; Trishna Williams and S.K. Tara (Ind) b Kasturi Bhat and Nona Wagh (Ind) 6-4, 6-3.
Punjabi varsity, GKU move into
CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 Punjabi University, Patiala, Gurukul Kangri University, Hardwar, HNB Garhwal University, Garhwal, and CCS University Meerut, moved into the last eight in the men's section of the North Zone Inter-University Badminton Championships being played at Panjab University indoor hall here today.
In the women's section, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Panjab University, Chandigarh, have advanced into the quarter finals.
In the matches played today, except for the GKU Hardwar Thapar Institute, Patiala tie and Garhwal University Jammu University, Jammu tie which were extended ones, rest of the ties in the men's events were one-sided affairs.
Results: (Men) Pre-quarterfinal; (Punjabi University b MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly 3-0. (Gurminder Singh b Vipul Bhardwaj 15-5, 15-6. Kulbir Singh b Nitin Mehra, 15-2, 15-6 Gurminder Singh & Tauseef Ahmed b Vipul Bhardwaj & Atul Gupta, 15-7, 15-12.)
Gurukul Kangri University b Thapar Institute 3-1 (Lalit Yadav b Bikram Sharda, 15-2, 15-4 Mukesh Ruhela lost to Sahib Singh 9-15, 10-15.
Lalit Yadav & Girish Mudgal b Bikram Sharda & Amit, 11-15, 15-13, 15-11. Girish Mudgal b Nitin Verma, 15-1, 15-5.)
HNB Garhwal University b Jammu University, 3-1. (Mohit lost to Makrand Mehta, 6-15, 10-15. Deepak b Gurvinder Singh 15-5, 15-6. Deepak & Bharat b Gurvinder Singh, 15-0, 15-6. Bharat b Vikram Jamwal, 15-4, 15-3). CCS University 15-10, b Kurukshetra 3-0. (Deepak Pal b Chetan, 15-10, 15-1. Sanjay b Lalit, 15-5, 15-4. Deepak Pal & Ajay Kumar b Chetan & Lalit, 15-6,. 15-7).
HPS enter semis
CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 (BOSR) Hansraj Public School, Panchkula, and Government Model School, Sector 44, have entered the semifinal in the under-14 cricket event of the Edmund Rice Cricket Tournament being played here at St John School, today.
Results: HPS- Panchkula beat Vivek High School-38 by six wickets Brief scores: Vivek 38; 68 all out (Dhruv 23, Naveet 3 for 9, Nitin Gandhi 2 for 2). HPS- Panchkula 69 for 4 (Gaurav Chopra 25 n.o. Pankaj 10).
GMS-44 beat YPS-Mohali by 21 runs. Brief scores: GMS-44 130 all out; (Shariq Iqbal 40, Harvinder 16, Amandeep 14, Harmeet 3 for 37, Bikramjeet 2 for 20).
YPS-Mohali-109 all out (Jaideep 31, Harmeet 11, Prabhjot 11, Kabir 2 for 20, Dinesh 2 for 21).
CHANDIGARH, Oct 20 (BOSR) The National School Games in football, kabaddi, kho kho, and basketball in under-14 and under-17 sections will be hosted by the Bihar next year, according to Mr B.D. Gandhi, honorary secretary-general of the School Games Federation of India.
The gymnastics event shall be organised either at Surat or Pune. Similarly, swimming will be hosted at Goa or Pune. The exact schedule shall be notified shortly.
CHANDIGARH (BOSR): The trials to select the Haryana under-15 boys and girls volleyball teams for the 21st Sub-Junior National Volleyball Championships to be held at Cuttack (Orissa) from November 1 to 5, will be held at Mahavir Stadium, Hisar, on October 23 at 11 a.m., according to Mr Kuldeep Bishnoi, president, Haryana State Volleyball Association. Players born on or after January 1, 1983, are eligible to participate.
PATIALA, Oct 20 (FOSR) The Punjab state sports festival for boys in the under-16 and under-19 categories will be held at different venues at Patiala from October 22 to 24, according to Mr S.S. Tiwana, District Sports Officer.
The disciplines in which the games will be held are athletics, kho-kho, volleyball and wrestling for under-16 boys. While the boys in under-19 category will participate in gymnastics. Swimming, badminton, table tennis and judo.
Apart from swimming which will be held at held at the Mohindera College pool and table tennis and judo which are to be held at the local Rink hall. All other games are scheduled to be played at the Polo Grounds.
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