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Friday, November 5, 1999
|Kiwis tough to beat: Sachin
RAJKOT, Nov 4 Fresh from winning the three-match Test series by a modest 1-0 margin, India will aim to be more authoritative when they take on a determined New Zealand in the first tie of the five-game limited overs Pepsi cricket series to be played here tomorrow.
keen to reaffirm status
SEOUL: Laura Colovic Flessel of France (left) and Diana Romagnoli of Switzerland duel in a women's epee final of the 99 World Fencing Championships at the Chaim Olympic Gymnasiumin in Seoul on Wednesday. Flessel got a gold medal after defeating Romagnoli with 15-10. Romagnoli won a silver medal. AP/PTI
AAFI camp for Olympics, Asian Games
Cup begins today
Saniya steal the show
elected HOA chief
dreams of acting career
victory for Khalsa Academy
rout Patiala cops 4-0
to lead wrestling team
nation gymnastics at Patiala
Kiwis tough to beat: Sachin
RAJKOT, Nov 4 (PTI) Fresh from winning the three-match Test series by a modest 1-0 margin, India will aim to be more authoritative when they take on a determined New Zealand in the first tie of the five-game limited overs Pepsi cricket series to be played here tomorrow.
Skipper Sachin Tendulkar, who missed the last two one-day tourneys India figured in to tend to his troublesome back, has struck ominous form on return to action with an unbeaten 126 in the first Test and 217 in the final match in Ahmedabad.
Tendulkars touch, and his return along with seasoned bowlers Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath all three had missed the Toronto and Nairobi tournaments will give the hosts the chance to avenge the five-wicket defeat they suffered in the World Cup super league against the Kiwis in their last meeting.
New Zealand have always been tough for India in limited overs with their sprightly fielding clearly a notch above what the hosts have been able to produce.
India had to be satisfied with a 2-all draw in the one-day series in New Zealand in January this year and, with a firm track laid out at the Municipal Corporation ground here, they will have to be very consistent to overcome the Kiwis in their fifth tournament since World Cup.
New Zealand, who have won the hearts of fans through their resilience despite losing the series, have a good one-day squad to bolster whose batting left-hander Roger Twose has arrived.
Though veteran allrounder Gavin Larsen recently called it quits, Chris Harris with his nagging bowling and batting and Chris Cairns are two genuine allrounders who can change the course of a match.
The Kiwis suffered a jolt when key batsman Craig McMillan had to return after breaking his right index finger during the second Test in Kanpur, but Gary Stead who came in as his replacement has impressed as opener after replacing the out of form Matt Bell.
Their batting skipper Stephen Fleming has taken a liking to the generally slow Indian tracks has Nathan Astle and Twose to look up to besides the lower-order solidity and flexibility that should play a big role.
Both teams preferred to announce the playing elevens tomorrow, but India could rest left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi and either one of the pacemen Venkatesh Prasad or Debasish Mohanty and in all probability left-handed opener Sadagopan Ramesh from the 14-member squad.
India will be aware they have won only one out of four games on this ground, but Tendulkar told reporters after the nets the newly laid pitch looked very good.
The track looks very good and we should pull up our socks and get a good defendable total. Though I dont have any fixed total in mind, he said.
Tendulkar said the Kiwis were always tough to beat.
It will be an interesting series and we will try to win all the five matches. Last time round we had lost to South Africa here but tomorrow we will go all out to win, he added.
Tendulkar was upset as a large number of fans poured onto the field pestering the players for autographs. These people should be kept behind the fence when the teams are practising.
He praised his batsmens attacking approach even in Tests and said we have some very good attacking players who are always hungry for runs. There is no need to curb their approach as long as they make some minor adjustments here and there for the teams cause, he added.
Indian coach Kapil Dev said the track was a very sporting one with some grass on it which could help the new ball bowlers initially.
Fleming predicted the series would be closely fought.
I think it will be a good series and I am looking forward to it especially after the disappointing Test series. Indians have won just one out of the four games played in this ground. It will put them under a bit of pressure if we can take an early lead in the series even though it is hard to beat India on their home soil, he said.
Fleming said his team would miss McMillan but said both Roger Twose and Scott Styris who have arrived for the one-dayers were good replacements.
Some of us have been here in 1995. That experience should hold us in good stead especially in one-dayers where one bad day on the field could cost us the match, he said.
Styris is a 24-year-old medium-pacer who is considered a bowling allrounder.
India (from): Sachin Tendulkar (capt), Saurav Ganguly, Sadagopan Ramesh, Rahul Dravid, Ajay Jadeja, Robin Singh, Nikhil Chopra, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, MSK Prasad (wk), Debasish Mohanty, Sunil Joshi and Vijay Bharadwaj.
New Zealand (from): Stephen Fleming (capt), Matt Horne, Gary Stead, Craig Spearman, Nathan Astle, Roger Twose, Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Adam Parore, Dion Nash, Daniel Vettori, Chris Drum, Shayne OConnor and Scott Styris.
Umpires: K. Hariharan and I. Sivaram. Third umpire M R Singh.
Aussies keen to reaffirm status
BRISBANE, Nov 4 (Reuters) Australia aim to reaffirm their status as the worlds top Test cricket team when they take on Pakistan in the first Test in Brisbane tomorrow.
The Australians easily won their last Test match, against Zimbabwe in October, but were beaten 1-0 in a three-Test series in Sri Lanka just before that.
They take on a Pakistan side which has struggled for form since arriving in Australia last week and which has lost all three of its tour matches so far.
They have also been rocked by allegations from Western Australia umpiring chief Rick Evans that pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest bowler in the world, has a suspect action.
The two teams last met in the final of the World Cup in June when Australia thrashed a disappointing Pakistani outfit.
Australian captain Steve Waugh told reporters yesterday he would probably ignore his usual policy of batting first if he won the toss because he thought Pakistans top order was vulnerable against pace, particularly on Brisbanes hard, fast Gabba wicket.
Pakistan are a little bit underdone in regards to Test match cricket and tough four and five-day cricket, so that will come into calculations tomorrow when we toss, Waugh said.
Queenslands Scott Muller will likely to make his Test debut tomorrow and join Damien Fleming and Glenn McGrath in the attack. Off-spinner Colin Miller would then be relegated to 12th man.
Leg-spinner Shane Warne, who has an excellent record at the Gabba ground, will be the fourth front-line Australian bowler.
Wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist replaces Ian Healy to make his debut for Australia tomorrow.
Pakistan, who have yet to name their 12, will have to decide whether to play two spinners in Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed, or to only use one spinner and play an extra batsman.
Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed has banned his players from talking to the media before the Test, but Akhtar was quoted in a Sydney newspaper today as defending his bowling action.
I dont want to say anything about it because there is nothing wrong, he was reported as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
It has been tough for me. I havent played cricket since the World Cup. I have been sick and I have been sore with my shoulder. But I have got my rhythm back and Im ready to fire.
Australia Steve Waugh (captain), Michael Slater, Greg Blewett, Justin Langer, Mark Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Fleming, Shane Warne, Colin Miller, Scott Muller, Glenn McGrath (12th man to be named).
Pakistan (probable 12)
Wasim Akram (captain), Saeed Anwar, Wajahatullah
Wasti, Ijaz Ahmed, Inzaman-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana,
Mohammad Wasim, Moin Khan, Azhar Mahmood, Saqlain
Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar.
Srinath cruises into semis
PUNE, Nov 4 (UNI) Third seeded Prahlad Srinath along with top seeded Tom Chicoine of USA, Thomas Messmer of Germany and Radim Zitko of the Czech Republic moved into the mens singles semi-finals of the ITF Satellite Tennis Circuit third leg being played at the synthetic courts of the Deccan Gymkhana here today.
The Indian Davis Cuper Srinath halted the winning streak of wild cardholder Vishal Uppal of India posting a fluent 6-1, 6-2 win in 57 minutes. Chicoine brushed aside Kunj Majmudar of the USA 7-6 (7-30), 6-3 in a tussle lasting 65 minutes.
Fourth seeded Messmer did not have to struggle much before sending sixth seeded Sandeep Kirtane packing 6-2, 6-0 in 49 minutes, while second seeded Zitko proved too good for Nitin Kirtane recording a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win in 55 minutes. In the semi finals line up has been drawn as Chicoine takes on Messmer while Srinath will meet Zitko tomorrow.
The 22-year old Uppal who had the prized scalp of fifth seeded Per Thornadtson of Sweden yesterday double faulted twice today to drop the first game. Srinath held his serve and broke the rival in the third game with a beautiful back hand cross court shot.
Srinath, playing a well organised game, broke in the seventh game to claim the opening set 6-1. In the second set Uppal, still struggling to get his first serve, in was broken in the fourth game. Srinath again broke Uppal in the eighth game to take the set 6-2.
The Kirtane cousins (Sandeep and Nitin) disappointed local fans who expected them to do much better on the home court. Sandeep had got the better of Balazs Veress of Hungary yesterday but today was bogged down by his shin injuries and could hardly do anything worthwhile. After dropping his serve in the very first game he was again broken by the German in the fifth game to trail 1-4, 5-1. The second set was a mere formality for Messmer who clinched three breaks.
Southpaw Nitin also afflicted by an arm injury could not produce his best on his home court. Zitko the winner of the first leg at Mumbai seems to have regained his rhythm and confidence after bowing out of the second leg early last week. The Czech held his serve and broke Nitin to lead 5-3.
Results (mens singles quarterfinals):-
Tom Chicoine (USA) beat Kunj Majmudar (USA) 7-6(7-3) 6-3, Thomas Messmer (Ger) beat Sandeep Kirtane (Ind) 6-2,6-0 Prahlad Srinath (Ind) beat Vishal Uppal (Ind) 6-1,6-2. Radim Zitko (Cze) beat Nitin Kirtane (Ind) 6-3, 6-2.
Mens doubles (quarterfinals):
Kedar Shah and Rohan Bopanna (Ind) beat Blake Brinklow (Aus) and Niko Karagiannis (Ger) 6-3, 6-1.
Prahlad Srinath and Vasudev Reddy (Ind) beat Tom Chicoine and Kunj Majmudar (USA) 6-3, 2-6,7-5.
5-phased AAFI camp for Olympics, Asian Games
NEW DELHI, Nov 4 (PTI) The Amateur Athletic Federation of India has drawn up a programme for long-term camps to prepare athletes for next years Sydney Olympics and the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea.
The camp, which commences at the NIS, Patiala on November 10, will continue with breaks in between till the end of both the mega events, AAFI said yesterday.
The federation has planned to hold a series of competitions in February and again in August to enable the athletes peak at the Olympics. The athletics body has selected 81 men and 47 women athletes for these camps.
The initial camp in Patiala will be for seven weeks, till December 30 while the second phase will be held in Patiala, Bangalore and at various high altitude centres from January 1, 2000 to March 20.
After a break from March 21 to April 2, the athletes will assemble for the 10-week third phase to be held from April 3 to June 11 in various centres.
The next phases will come off at SAI (south) centre, Bangalore from June 12 to September 30.
A five-week camp, starting on September 16, will be held in Patiala for events where Indian athletes will be taking part in Sydney till the team leaves for the Down Under.
The following is the list of athletes named for the training camps (personal best performances in paranthesis):
Men: 100m, 200m: Anil Kumar (10.33 - SSCB), C Durai (10.40 -TN), Anand Menzes (21.19 - Mah), Ajay Raj Singh (21.04 - Pol), Amit Khanna (10.54 - del), Ajit Kumar (10.74 - Kar), Sandeep Singh (10.86 - Del), Vikram Singh (10.71 - Del), T Gogoi (10.74 - Bih), Aarinder Nath (10.99 - RSPB).
400m (Bangalore): P Ramachandran (46.10 - Ker), Lijo David (46.43 - RSPB), Paramjit Singh (45.70 - Pol), Jata Shankar (46.87 - Pol), Prabhjot Singh (46.96 - RSPB), Manoj Lal K G (46.78 - RSPB), P H Abdullah (47.17 - Ker), Dinesh Rawat (47.60 (Del), Jipson Jacob (48.12 - Ker), Anil Kumar Rohil (48.04 - SSCB).
110m hurdles: Gurpreet Singh (14.19 - Pun), Yesudas (14.22 - RSPB), Sahib Singh (14.22 - Pol), C K Harish (14.45 -Kar), Jai Singh (14.40 - Har), Ashok Chalia (14.28 - Sel).
Long jump: Amit K Saha (7.59 - RSPB), Anil Kumar (7.42 -RSPB), B S Vinod (7.70 - Pol), Sanjay K Rai (8.02 - Pol), Satish Kumar (7.42 - Pol), B K Raja (7.37 - SSCB).
800m: Anil Matthew (1:50.40 - RSPB), K M Binu (1:49.60 -SPSB), Ram Murti (1:53.08 - UP), Baiju Marandi (1:53.40 -RSPB), P S Arun (1:53.00 - Ker), Manju Nath (1:53.40 - Kar).
1500m, 5000m, 10000m, 3000m steeplechase: Bahadur Prasad (3:41.20 - RSPB), Gulab Chand (3:42.78 - RSPB), Kurnn Agthi (3:49.80 - RSPB), Harish Tiwari (14:22.00 - Lic), Satish Kumar (14:23.96 - Har), Dharamveer (14:27.30 - Raj), N Gojen Singh (14:12.77 - Pol), Amand Saini (30:32.10 - SPSB), Shashi Parkash (30:31.60 - UP), Arun DSouza (8:55.10 - RSPB), Joseph Baxla (31:16.52 - MP), Sivananda (14:36.28 - RSPB).
Shot put: Shakti Singh (19.85 - RSPB), Bahadur Singh (19.49 - Pol), Jaiveer Singh (17.66 - SSCB), Jagvir Singh (18.11 - Pol), Kuldeep Maan (17.40 - Pol), Kulwinder Singh (17.45 - Pun).
Discus: Hridayanand Singh (55.18 - Pol), Anil Kumar (55.93 - Telco), K P S Brar (55.08 - Pun), Ajit Bhaduria (54.32 - Tisco), D S Bajwa (50.43 - Pol).
Javelin: Jagdish Kumar (78.01 - Pol), Ramandeep Singh (78.79 - Pol), B S Dubey (76.75 - Mah), Satbir Singh (75.78 -Pol), Daljit Singh (Pol), Sunil Goswami (71.97 - Del), Fazal Ansari (69.66 - SSCB), Ranjit Kumar Mauria (68.00 - UP).
Hammer throw: Pramod Tiwari (68.96 - Customs), Ishtiaque Ahmed (69.58 - Electricity Board), V Poonia (67.27 - RSPB), Subhdeep Singh (65.19 - RSPB), Rupinder Pal Singh (65.15 -Pol), Nirbhay Singh (61.43 - SSCB), Rakesh Kumar (62.61 - UP), Vinod Kumar (59.17 - UP).
Walk: Amrik Singh (1hr 30min 36.7 sec - SSCB), Sitaram (1:30.20.0 - SSCB), Gurdev Singh (1:29.50.2 - SSCB), Vijay Gehlot (1:31.40.4 - UP).
Women: 100m, 200m: Saraswati Dey (11.61 - RSPB), P T Usha (11.43 /23.25 - RSPB), Rachita Mistry (11.41 - RSPB), Vinita Tripathi (11.90/23.59 - Del), V Pandeshwari (12.01 - RSPB), V Jayalakshmi (12.02 - TN), Mandeep Kaur (12.18 - Pun), Anuradha Biswal (12.22 - Pro).
400m: K M Beenamol (52.67 - RSPB), Rosa Kutty (53.10 -RSPB), Jincy Philip (53.20 - Pol), M K Asha (53.70 - Kar), M Kuriakose (54.20 - Pol), Nisha Mol (54.40 - Pol), Paramjeet Kaur (54.50 - RSPB), Debi Bose (55.18 - RSPB), Rajni (55.05 -Del), Syamthgam (55.48 - TN).
Long jump: G G Pramila (6.43 - RSPB), Anju Markose (6.37 - RSPB), Jetty C Joseph (6.21 - Ker), Soma Biswas (6.00 - WB).
800m: Jyotirmoyee Sikdar (2:01.5 - RSPB), C Latha 2:07.0 - TN), Ramla Devi (2:10.0 - Pol).
1500m, 5000m: Sunita Rani (4:08.1 - RSPB), Geetha Manpal (4:20.9 - Pol), Madhuri A Singh (4:24.2 - PSEB), Rupinder Kaur (17:05.00 - Pun), Aruna Devi (36:45.00 - RSPB), Molly B (36:16.50 - RSPB).
Discus: Neelam J Singh (60.28 - RSPB), Harjeet Kaur (56.16 - Pol), Sugan Yadav (53.69 - RSPB), Saroj Kumari (53.00 - Pol), Harwant Kaur (52.64 - Pun), Krishna (48.60 - Har), Seema (47.00 - Har).
Javelin: Gurmeet Kaur (55.64 - lIC).
Hammer throw: K Jibashwari Devi (55.82 - RSPB), Hardeep Kaur (55.56 - Pun), Surinderjit Kaur (53.26 - Pol), Pool Pati (53.10 - Pol).
Rovers Cup begins today
MUMBAI, Nov 4 (PTI) The 99th edition of the Rovers Cup football tournament will kick off at the Cooperage grounds here tomorrow with FC Kochin taking on local team Mahindra and Mahindra.
The tournament has been scaled down, with only eight teams participating instead of the usual 16 due to a financial crunch faced by the organisers, Western India Football Association (WIFA).
The other teams are defending champions Bengal Mumbai Football Club (BMFC), Churchill Brothers, Salgaocar, Air India, JCT Phagwara and Mohammedan Sporting Club, Dhaka.
The teams have been drawn into two groups with Mohammedan Sporting, Salgaocar, Air India and JCT in group-A and the other teams in group-B.
The top two teams from each group will enter the semi-finals, to be played on November 12 and 13. The final will be on November 15.
The tournament was earlier scheduled to start on November 1 and WIFA had invited more teams, but the invitations to ITI (Bangalore), Tata Football Academy (Jamshedpur), Vasco (Goa) and State Bank of Travancore were withdrawn to cut down on expenditure.
According to WIFA spokesman Pervez Ziauddin, the quantum of prize money is expected to be decided this evening and would be announced before the start of the tournament tomorrow.
No team from Calcutta is participating this year, but the organisers feel the presence of the Dhaka club, with several internationals in it, would make up for their absence.
November 5: FC Kochin vs Mahindras; Churchill Bros vs BMFC
November 6: Mohd Sporting vs JCT; Salgaocar vs Air-India
November 7: FC Kochin vs BMFC; Mahindras vs Churchill Bros
November 8: Air-India vs Mohd Sporting; Salgaocar vs JCT
November 9: Mahindras vs BMFC; FC Kochin vs Churchill Bros
November 1: Air-India vs JCT; Salgaocar vs Mohd Sporting
November 11: Rest day
November 12: first semi-final
November 13: second semi-final
November 14: rest day
Amandeep, Saniya steal the show
PATIALA, Nov 4 Amandeep Singh of Ludhiana won the above-14 category road race while Navdeep Singh clinched the second spot with Ravi Inder and Baninder Singh coming third and fourth, respectively, in the 11th Punjab State Roller skating Championships held here today.
In the above-14 age group road race for girls Saniya Dhaliwal took the top spot and was followed by Divya Dhanda. Ishwinder Virk and Elmapreet in that order.
In the roller hockey for junior girls Muktsar skaters stood first, Amritsar were second while Jalandhar finished third.
The other results are: (all road races)
12-14 (boys) : Saurav Beri 1, Munish Singh 2, Baljinder Singh 3, Aditya Kapoor 4.
12-14 (girls) : Hargurbir 1, Amola Tandon 2, Kangan Mahajan 3, Sukhman Aulakh 4.
10-12 (Boys): Shamsher Singh 1, Kanwar Yuvraj 2, Simranjit Singh 3, Amandeep 4.
10-12 (girls) : Heena Bharti 1, Gurpreet Kaur 2, Pallavi Sharma 3, Tashika 4.
8-10 (boys) : Harmandeep 1, Rinson 2, Navdeep 3, Sehajpreet 4.
8-10 (girls): Shipra Nayar 1, Yashin 2, Jasmine Puri 3, Archana 4.
6-8 (boys): Tajeshwar Mehal 1, Govindeep and Rakesh joint 2, Japkaran 3.
6-8 (girls): Liza Malhotra 1, Harsheen 2, Geetinder Kaur 3, Subhudha 4.
Under 6 (boys): Mrigesh Puri 1, Saifi Rana 2, Simranpreet 3, Sanjamjot 4.
Chautala elected HOA chief
CHANDIGARH, Nov 4 Mr Abhey Singh Chautala was unanimously elected president of the Haryana Olympic Association at a special general body meeting here today
There were no fireworks at the meeting as the supporters of the outgoing president Mr Chander Mohan, who were outnumbered by the Chautala group, did not turn up. Ostensibly the meeting convened by Mr R.S. Malik, vice president of the association, was to review the working of the apex sports body and its affiliated units but its real purpose was to remove Mr Chander Mohan and install Mr Abhey Chautala in his place.
At the outset of the meeting a no-confidence motion was passed against Mr Chander Mohan and Mr Harish Kumar, who were elected president and general secretary, respectively, for a four-year term in January last. Thereafter, 115 out of 150 members of the association who were present at the meeting unanimously elected Mr Chautala as president.
The house authorised the new president to select his team of office-bearers but he preferred to conduct elections. Later all the office bearers and also ten members of the executive body were elected unanimously. Those elected are: Mr M.S. Malik general secretary, Mr R.S. Malik senior vice president; Mr Brijender Rai, Ms Vimla Sangwan, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal and Mr R.P. Chander all vice presidents; Mr H.S. Bhadu and Mr M.S. Khanna joint secretaries and Mr Bhupinder Singh treasurer.
Later addressing a press conference Mr Abhey Chautala said that he would set up a committee to probe the alleged misappropriation of Rs 32 lakh by the outgoing body and if required the matter would be referred to the vigilance department.
The association would revive the state sports festival which was discontinued by the previous body and make a bid for hosting the 2002 National Games. The scheme to reward outstanding sportspersons would also be revived.
A sports academy would be set up in the state and the state sports council would be constituted shortly. He would also set the cases of de-affiliation of certain associations investigated.
Becker dreams of acting career
MUNICH, Nov 4 (Reuters) Boris Becker wants to try his hand at as an actor and was quoted yesterday saying hes waiting for the right offer to make his silver screen debut.
The former German tennis champion told the Munich-based weekly magazine Bunte that he had always dreamed of being an actor and had enjoyed the small taste of the business he has had while making commercials.
I have long harboured secret ambitions of getting into acting after my tennis career ended, said Becker, (31) who had won six Grand Slams and a total of 49 tournaments before retiring last year.
But I havent yet received a concrete proposal, Becker told the magazine. I had such a good time acting in the commercials I made. Ive been thinking about it ever since.
Becker, who triggered a tennis boom in Germany by winning his first Wimbledon title in 1985 aged just 17, has performed in countless German television adverts. He currently plays in exhibition matches and is a coach of Germanys Davis Cup team.
Bunte said several German film makers felt Beckers success on the court could be transformed to the cinema.
Huge victory for Khalsa Academy
NEW DELHI, Nov 4 (PTI) Khalsa Academy, Amritsar; Paradise Academy, Manipur; and Boys Sports Company, Danapur, scored emphatic wins in league matches of the Nehru-ONGC Sub-Junior Hockey Tournament here today.
The Amritsar team beat Childrens Academy Higher Secondary School, Bhopal, 12-1, while the Manipur boys swamped Fr. Agnel High School, Pilar (Goa), 17-0. Boys Sports Coy beat Piloo Modi High School, Narukot (Gujarat), 14-0.
Thokchom Gopal slammed in six goals, including a hat-trick (3rd, 9th, 47th, 54th, 56th and 58th), with Keisham Hera scoring as many (6th, 10th, 18th, 23rd, 26th, 36th) in the Manipur teams rout of the hapless Goa side.
Rajkumar Jasobanta (16th, 21st, 29th), C. Napoleon (19th) and T. Tompok (27th) also scored.
The Bhopal boys began well, Akram Iqbal netting a penalty stroke in the sixth minute. Twelve minutes later, the Amritsar lads equalised through Balwinder Singhs field effort.
Thereafter, there was no stopping the Punjab boys as Harmit Singh (20th), top scorer Harpreet (25th, 41st, 47th, 57th), Gurnam (35th), Ranjit (38th), Manjeet (54th) and Balwinder (55th, 59th) went on a scoring spree.
Arjun Kumar of BRC,
Danapur dominated the game against the Gujarat boys,
netting five goals in a row (31st, 33rd, 34th, 37th,
38th), which were complemented by Ujnal Dungdung dungdung
(17th, 18th), Deepak Kerketta (8th, 28th) and Pramod
Kujur (16th, 48th) scoring a brace each. Bhim Kumar
(4th), Anil Kujur (26th) and Sanjay Lakra (47th) were the
PSEB rout Patiala cops 4-0
NABHA (Patiala), Nov 4 Favourites PSEB drubbed Patiala Police 4-0; BSF, Jammu downed Tigers Club, Patiala; 2-0 and DFA Kapurthala, chalked out a 3-1 win over HSB, Banga, in the All-India Gurdarshan Memorial Football Tournament at the Ripudaman College grounds here today.
With todays matches the semifinal line-up has been completed PSEB will clash with title aspirants Punjab Police, while DFA Kapurthala will cross swords with BSF, Jammu for a spot in the final.
The first match between BSF and Tigers Club, a scratch combination of local lads, failed to rise above mediocrity. In fact, BSF were a bit lucky to make the last four grade as they wasted numerous opportunities that came their way till R.K. Paul rose above the defence to head the ball home for the securitymens first goal. Barring a couple of dazzling runs down the right flank by the securitymen winger Surinder Singh, there were some long spells of unimaginative moves by both the teams and it never looked like a match involving some talented players of both sides. In the last minutes the BSF forward Surinder Singh found the net with a withering carpet shot which brooked no resistance from the Patiala teams custodian to make it 2-0 for the securitymen.
In the second match between PSEB and Patiala Police the former were up immediately by a brace through Harish and Dalip Singh. After this shock treatment by the powermen, both teams were guilty of playing some aimless and sloppy soccer.
Second after the breather the powermen put some sting into their movements and the result was that cops custodian Taranjit found himself under tremendous strain. What with the powermen trying to convert their dominance into goals. It was off a corner kick that PSEB surged ahead when Dalip fed forward Gurvinder with a crisp defence splitting pass and with the cops goalkeeper out of place Gurvinder banged the ball home not only to make it 3-0 but also to make sure of a berth in the last four. They completed the tally when linkman Sukhbir drove the ball into the goal from an acute angle for a 4-0 verdict.
Sondhi to lead wrestling team
PHAGWARA, Nov 4 Amandeep Sondhi of Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar, will lead a 10-member GND University wrestling team in the All-India, Inter-University Wrestling Cham-pionship being held at Chandigarh from November 9.
This was stated here by Mr Inderjit Singh, president of the GND University wrestling club.
Mr S.S. Randhawa and Mr P.R. Sondhi will accompany team as manager and coach, respectively.
The team: 54 kg: Sunil
Dutt (GNC, Phagwara); 58 kg: Karam Chand (GNC, Nakodar,
Ajay Kumar (KC Amritsar); 63 kg: Ajay Kumar (LKC,
Jalandhar); 69 kg: Kasim Din (SDC, Pathankot); 76 kg:
Premvir (GNC, Nakodar); Varinder Singh (KC Amritsar); 85
kg: Ravi Kumar (KC, Amritsar); 97 kg: Amandeep Sondhi
(LKC, Jalandhar, Captain); +97 kg: Inderjit Singh (LKC,
SANGRUR, Nov 4 The following are the results of Panjab Schools Inter-District Badminton Championships in progress here.
Boys U-17: Ropar beat Hoshiarpur 2-0, Sangrur beat Kapurthala 2-0, Jalandhar beat Ludhiana 2-0, Amritsar beat Patiala 2-0.
Boys U-19: Ludhiana beat Gurdaspur 2-0, Amritsar beat N. Shahr 2-0, Sangrur beat Ropar 2-0.
Boys U-14; Sangrur beat Mansa 2-0, N. Shahr beat Jalandhar 2-0, Patiala beat Ropar 2-0, Hoshiarpur beat Mukatsar 2-0, Amritsar beat Faridkot 2-0.
6- nation gymnastics at Patiala
Chandigarh, Nov 4 The first Central South Asia Gymnastics Championship for men and women involving six countries of the continent; Sri Lanka, Pakistan,Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Nepal besides the hosts India will be organised by Punjab Gymnastics Association under the aegis of Gymnastics Federation of India from December 23 to 25 at Patiala. This was disclosed by Mr Sudhir Mittal, the president of the PGA.
Nearly 100 top gymnasts would vie for top honours in this championship is dedicated to the tercentenary of the birth of Khalsa.
HP skittled out
Opener Hitesh Angrish and nine down batsman Ajay Pratap Singh top secured with 31 each. Pankaj Kapur (19), Pankaj Negi and Mohan Singh (10 each) were the only other players to reach double figures. Four Himachal batsmen were out for a duck.
H. Kali bagged 3 for 20, Yuvraj Singh 4 for 29 while Sunjay Dhall claimed three wickets giving 48 runs for Punjab.
Himachal claimed two
early wickets when No 2 Punjab bastman Yuvraj was caught
by Anuj Thakur off Ajay Pratap for no score and Gagenadra
Singh was caught by Pankaj Negi also off Ajay Pratap also
for 6 runs. Punjab were 147 for 4 at the draw of the
stumps today. Manav was unlucky to miss the half century
by one run, while Vivek Mahajan continued to wield the
willow with authority, remaining unbeaten on 50.
He told mediapersons that about 500 sportspersons of the police department are likely to take part in various disciplines. The Himachal Governor V.S. Rama Devi would inaugurate the meet while the closing function would be presided over by the Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Allround show by
Earlier, Ferozepore won the toss and put Amritsar to bat.
Mohit Raja and Keemiti Lal opened the innings. Raja was out for 35. Keemti hammered the bowler to complete his century (108). Baljeet scored 75, while Sandeep Singh scored 86. Amritsar were 431 all out.
Brief scores: Amritsar: 431 (Keemiti Lal 108, Sandeep Singh 85, Baljeet Singh 75, Parney Bhatia 90, Mohit Raja 35, Gaurav Mamba 4/103, Vikram 3/104, Sandeep 2/105. Ferozepore 61 all out: (Parney Bhatia 5/16, Varinder Kumar 2/16).
Brief scores:- Bathinda 316 all out Neeraj-80, Ranjit Bhola-61, Kuldeep-51, Robin Jethi 35, Rajinder 5 for 86, Jagmohan 5 for 93.
Mansa:- 153 all out Rajdeep 31, Jagmohan 32, Arun 3 for 30, Imanbir 2 for 25, Sunil 3 for 23.
The hosts, Panjab University ,Chandigarh had a mixed luck as its mens team moved into the final while women though lost in semifinal were able to secure third place.
The other finalists in women sections are Delhi University, Delhi.
Third place in men section was bagged by CCS University, Meerut.
Results- Men:( semifinal)-PU Chd b CCSU, Meerut 3-0(Anoop KC b Vibhor Khare 21-10, 21-8 :Tarun Akku b Gaurav Goyal 21-11, 21-12:Deepak Sharma b Dushyant 21-8, 21-11) GND varsity, Asr b CSJMU Kanpur 3-0( Manish b Naresh Rawal 21-13,21-16: Vikram b Saif Rehman 21-14, 21-17: CSJM gave walk over in third singles.)
Third place- CCSU Meerut b CSJMU, Kanpur 3-0.
Women(semifinal)-Delhi University, Delhi b HNB Garhwal Univ, Srinagar 3-1( Ishani b Nitu 21-18, 21-7:Ekta Bhambri b Rita 21-7, 21-5:Anjali lost to Bhawna 11-21, 11-21:Ekta Bhambri b Nitu 21-11, 21-10).
GND varsity, Asr b PU Chd 3-1(Kuldeep Kaur lost to Shikha 20-22, 14-21: Shikha Ghai b Barkha KC 21-15, 21-18: Anu b Neeru Bhambri 22-20, 21-13: Shikha Ghai b Shikha 20-22, 22-20, 21-16).
Third place PU Chd b HNB Garhwal Univ, Srinagar 3-0.
Mandeep adjudged best
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