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Monday, September 27, 1999
|Joshi sends South Africa crashing
NAIROBI, Sept 26 Left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi claimed an incredible haul of five wickets for six runs as India crushed formidable South Africa by eight wickets with as many as 27.2 overs to spare in their opening tie of the four-nation quadrangular cricket tournament here today.
India squander lead,finish last
SYDNEY, Sept 26 India squandered a 3-2 lead and went down 3-5 to Canada in a keenly-contested bronze medal playoff to end their campaign on a dismal note in the four-nation pre-Olympic hockey tournament here today.
Indian bowler Sunil Joshi (right) who took five wickets of South African batsman on Sunday, during the four-nations one day LG Cup in Nairobi, Kenya. AP/PTI
Rain to Aussies rescue
Ropar Hawks, CHA XI record wins
pugilists win overall title
FIFA deliberates on transfer rules
eves in semifinal
Joshi sends South Africa crashing
NAIROBI, Sept 26 (PTI) Left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi claimed an incredible haul of five wickets for six runs as India crushed formidable South Africa by eight wickets with as many as 27.2 overs to spare in their opening tie of the four-nation quadrangular cricket tournament here today.
The 30-year-old Joshi capped a superb all-rounder display by the Indians with a dream spell of 10-5-6-5 that sent the South Africans hurtling to 117 all out in 48 overs, their lowest total against India and second lowest ever, at the Nairobi Gymkhana ground.
Left-handed openers Sadagoppan Ramesh (36 off 33 balls) and Saurav Ganguly (38 off 51 balls) then gave a blazing start as India scored their first win over South Africa since the Titan Cup final at Mumbai in November, 1996 rattled up 120 for two wickets in 22.4 overs.
There was no inkling of Indias superlative victory as South Africa opted to bat first, but stand-in skipper Ajay Jadeja exploited the slow, dusty pitch to the hilt by handling his slow bowlers astutely.
Joshi, declared Man of the Match award, was brilliantly backed by off-spinner Nikhil Chopra, who captured 3 for 26, and Vijay Bharadwaj also cashed in on South Africas dislike for spin claiming one for 16 from 10 overs with his fastish on off-spin for an impressive debut.
Indian fielding was a revelation as South Africa, playing their first match in three months after the World Cup semifinal exit, looked rusty and never recovered after being dealt early blows.
Debutant Vijay R. Bharadwaj (18 n.o) and Rahul Dravid (9 n.o) collected the runs without ado at the end as India gained their first win after six straight losses to South Africa.
Joshi was the hero of the brilliant victory as his career best haul - his figures was one of the stingiest in one-day cricket and stood only next to leg-spinner Anil Kumbles haul of six for 12 in guiding India to victory against the West Indies in the 1993 Hero Cup final in Calcutta.
Ramesh and Ganguly, returning to open after going lower down in the last few matches, gave a blazing start to the chase amassing 72 runs from just 10 overs before the Tamil Nadu batsman fell.
Ramesh (36 - 33 b, 7x4) smacked both Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis for two boundaries each at the outset to force skipper Hansie Cronje to hastily withdraw them and then cut off-spinner Crookes before cover-driving and flicking Lance Klusener for boundaries off successive balls.
But the batsman, as Ganguly did later, threw away his wicket by giving the charge to Crookes (2/47) without getting anywhere near the pitch. Pollock took both the catches.
Rameshs departure did not arrest the run flow as India went past the 100-run mark in the 16th over with Ganguly (38 -51 b, 6x4) continuing the decimation.
But the Bengal player fell in the next over going after Crookes and spinners success left Cronje ruing his ploy to pack his side with pacemen.
India squander lead,finish last
SYDNEY, Sept 26 (PTI) India squandered a 3-2 lead and went down 3-5 to Canada in a keenly-contested bronze medal playoff to end their campaign on a dismal note in the four-nation pre-Olympic hockey tournament here today.
Australia edged past South Korea 2-1 to clinch the gold medal at the Sydney Olympic Games hockey venue at the Homebush Bay facility near here. Canada won the bronze while India finished last in the four team double-leg tournament, Australia Associated Press (AAP) reported.
India opened their account in the 6th minute of the match through forward Deepak Thakur only to see Peter Milkovich level the score for Canada two minutes later.
Canada, who beat India 1-2 in the first leg at Canberra, went 2-1 ahead in the 14th minute when Paul Wettlaufer banged the board.
Central defender Dilip Tirkey restored parity (2-2) six minutes into the second half and India forged ahead a minute later when Thakur scored his second goal of the match.
Canada bounced back to level the score (3-3) in the 57th minute through Rob Short and then Milkovich netted his second goal in the 65th minute to make it 4-3. Andrew Griffiths rounded off the tally in the 70th minute.
Australia repeated its success from the Champions Trophy by taking out the gold medal today as they beat South Korea 2-1 in a fast, open encounter.
The Aussies dominated the first half but fell behind to a late goalkeeping error, then levelled through Lachlan Vivian-Taylor within 90 seconds and clinched a highly entertaining match five minutes from time.
Jeremy Hiskins had a simple tap-in when a free hit from Jay Stacy deflected off a Korean stick and wrongfooted the keeper.
They kept coming at us but we held in there, said captain Michael York.
Its been a long year so its good to maintain that level of play throughout.
There was plenty of bustle and bump and some great attacking hockey from then Australians who have blooded a host of youngsters since their disappointing fourth placing at last years World Cup.
The Koreans had their moments but rarely jelled in attack and spent a lot of time chasing the Australian forwards.
Korean captain Jong-ha Jeon was lucky not to be given a red card for handling Canadian umpire Chris Wilson moments before the break.
Australia, France in Davis Cup final
BRISBANE, Sept 26 (AFP) Lleyton Hewitt hammered world No 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov in straight sets to put Australia into the Davis Cup tennis final here today.
The 18-year-old Australian downed the top Russian player, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to give Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the semifinal tie.
Australia will now play France in the Davis Cup in either Nice or Bordeaux from December 3 to 5.
Wayne Arthurs later won dead rubber beating Marat Safin 6-3 6-2 in the second reverse singles to give Australia 4-1 win.
Hewitt was fired up by Kafelnikovs taunts that he was going to give the young Australian a tennis lesson in their reverse singles, and cheered on by a partisan home crowd he reversed the master-pupil roles.
Kafelnikov has lost both his singles matches against the second string Australian team here after going down in four sets to Cup debutant Wayne Arthurs on Friday.
Hewitt, the designated Australian number one in the absence of injured stars, Patrick Rafter and Mark Philippoussis, broke Kafelnikovs serve seven times.
It will be Australias 44th Davis Cup final and they will be chasing their first win since 1986.
The last time the Australians reached the final was in 1993 when they lost 4-1 to Germany on clay in Dusseldorf in 1993.
Australia have won the Davis Cup 26 times, second only to the USAs 31.
PAU (France): Wily doubles pair Olivier Delaitre and Fabrice Santoro swept aside their Belgium opponents yesterday to steer France to their third Davis Cup tennis tournament final of the 1990s, according to AP.
The French duo were never in trouble against the inexperienced team of Xavier Malisse and Christophe Van Garsse, and took just one hour, 42 minutes to win the semifinal tie 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 and give the home side an unassailable 3-0 lead.
France led 2-0 overnight after Sebastien Grosjean downed Malisse 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) and Cedric Pioline squeezed past Filip Dewulf 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Delaitre and Santoro, Wimbledon semifinalists this year and both top 20 doubles players, began as firm favourites against a Belgian pair playing together for the first time.
They broke Van Garsses service in the second game of the match, which proved enough to take the first set.
As in the singles matches, Belgium Davis Cup semifinalist for the first time scrapped for every point.
But the French pair were always sharper at the net and never allowed the visitors to reach break point in the entire match.
France, who will have home advantage in the final against Australia, are looking for their third Davis Cup triumph of the decade.
France beat the USA 3-1 in the 1991 final in Lyon, and won 3-2 in Malmo against Sweden five years later.
This will be one of the strongest memories of my career, said French captain Guy Forget. It really reminds me of Lyon and Malmo. It will be a fantastic final.
Forget is already looking forward to a possible final against Australia.
What could be better than a Davis Cup final at home, with a choice of surface against great players like Patrick Rafter and Mark Philippoussis? he said.
Belgian No 1 Malisse conceded that the team had its backs to the wall from the start.
India clinch 7 athletic gold
KATHMANDU, Sept 26 (UNI) India won all but two of the nine gold, while Services athlete C Anil Kumar and Sri Lankas Damayanthi Darsha emerged as the fastest man and woman, respectively, with record breaking performances on the opening day of the athletic events in the eighth SAF Games here today.
Shotputters Surjinderjit Kaur (women) and Bahadur Singh (men) joined the bandwagon hurling the iron ball to a record distance of 15.52 m and 19.15 m, respectively, to win the gold.
Anil Kumar, who erased the existing 100 m record of 10.49 set by Lankan sprinter Chintaka De Zoysa in the last SAF Games at Chennai with a time of 10.44 secs in the heats, reserved his best for the final race, which he won in a canter clocking 10.37 secs to emerge as the fastest runner.
The mens 100 m race turned out to be a battle between two Indians. Anil, who had a false start, gained a quick lead and accelerated towards the end to win by a narrow margin. C Thirugananadurai with a time of 10.42 finished behind Anil to help India finish 1-2 in the 100 m dash. Bangladeshs Mahbub Alam won bronze at 10.54.
However, it was Damayanthi Darsha, double gold medallist in the Bangkok Asian Games, who won the much touted battle against Indias P.T. Usha with a superb time of 11.19 secs to win the womens 100m sprint. Darshas performance was .23 seconds, better than her compatriot Susanthika Jayasinghes 11.42 in 1995 games. It turned out to be a one-horse race as Darsha, who won the silver in Chennai, was quick off the blocks and led from start to finish to win the race. For 24-year-old Darsha, who gave a new lease of life to Sri Lankan athletics, this was her career-best performance after her 11.27 in Bangkok Asian Games. She did 11.42 in the junior Asian championships at Indonesia in 1994.
The 35-year-old Usha, who did well back home in the domestic meets prior to the SAF Games promised a better show, had to be content with the silver medal and Saraswati Dey, who kept up good pace with her compatriot bagged the bronze. Usha had a time of 11.43 while Saraswati 11.75.
The other Indian who hogged the limelight was Surinderjit Kaur who won the shot put with a measure of comfort. She cleared 15.52m, .34 metres better than Amandeep Kaurs 15.18 in Chennai, Monika won silver way behind her compatriot with a distance of 13.50 m and Pakistans Zeenat Parveen won the bronze at 12.91 m.
In shot put Bahadur Singh hardly faced any resistance in rewriting his 1995 SAF record of 18.79m with a distance of 19.15 m to win the gold. Jaiveer Singh (India) 17.54 m and Gufran Hussain (Pakistan) 17.42 m won the silver and bronze, respectively.
100m: 1 C Anil Kumar (India) 10.37 secs, 2 C Thirugnanadurai (Ind) 10.42, 3 Md Alam Abdullah (Bd) 10.54.
3000m steeple chase: 1 Amrish Kumar (Ind) 9 min 10.02 secs, 2 Fariyad Hussain (Pak) 9:16.62, 3 Bandara Upendra Indika (SL) 9:44.31.
High jump: 1 M.V. Nagendra Prasad (Ind) 2.04m, 2 Rangana Pereira (SL) 2.01, 3 Juby Thomas (Ind) 1.90.
Shot put: 1 Bahadur Singh (Ind) 19.15m, 2 Jaiveer Singh (Ind) 17.54, 3 Gufran Hussain (Pak) 17.42.
Marathon: 1 Gamage Sarath Prasanna (SL) 2 hrs 19 min 32 secs, 2 Manoharan Meiyappan (SL) 2:23.42, 3 Rai Ganesh Bahadur (Nep) 2:25.05.
100m: Damayanthi Darsha (SL) 11.19 secs, 2 P.T. Usha (Ind) 11.43, 3 Saraswati Dey (Ind) 11.75.
800 m: 1 K.M. Beenamol (Ind) 2 min 04.88 secs, 2 Rosa Kutty (Ind) 2:05.99, 3 Mangala P (SL) 2:10.52.
Shot put: Surinderjit
Kaur (Ind) 15.52m, 2 Monika (Ind) 13.50m, 3 Zeenat
Parveen (Pak) 12.72.Marathon: Rigzen Angmo (Ind) 2 hr 55
min 36 secs, 2 Inoka Dalugoda Arachchige (SL) 2:57.41, 3
Wickrama Arachchige Dona Mallika Chandrakanth (SL)
India win gold in womens marathon
KATHMANDU, Sept 26 (UNI) India started their gold hunt in right earnest when Rigzen Angmo won the womens marathon gold in the eighth SAF Games here today.
Despite early morning chilly weather, Angmo showed better resilience and endurance to win the gruelling race clocking 2 hours 55.36 minutes in a close race. This was slightly slower than the existing record of 2:38.10 set by Indias V. Satyavama in the last edition at Chennai.
Hailing from Garhwal hill ranges, Angmo was used to running in these type of conditions and the situation here seemed to favour her. Revelling under the conditions, she got off to a slow start and accelerated towards the middle for a slender lead and pressed home the advantage. She won the silver in the last SAF Games at Chennai.
Sri Lankas Inoka Dalugoda Arachchige and Wickrama Arachchige Dona Mallika Chandrakanth won the silver and bronze with a time of 2:57.41 and 3:12.31, respectively.
But there were more cheers for Sri Lankans as they finished one and two in the mens marathon and Nepal bagged the bronze. Sarath Prasanna gamage had the distinction of winning this editions first gold clocking 2:19.32, while his compatriot Manoharan Meiyappan finished a close second at 2:23.42 for the silver.
Hosts Nepal, acclimatised to this situation and the higher altitude favouring them, was expected to dominate this about 42 km event, but they only managed a bronze as Rai Ganesh Bahadur returned with a poor timing of 2:25.05.
Men: Gamage Sarath Prasanna (SL) 2:19.32, Manoharan Meiyappan (SL) 2:23.42, Rai Ganesh Bahadur (Nepal) 2:25.5.
Women: Rigzen Angmo (India) 2:55.36, Inoka Dalugoda Arachchige (SL) 2:57.41, Wickrama Arachchige Dona Mallika Chandrakanth (SL) 3:12.31.
Swimmers begin with a bang
KATHMANDU, Sept 26 (UNI) As expected, Indias tryst with destiny in pool events began with a bang with the swimmers winning six out of six golds, including five with new games records, in the eighth SAF Games here today.
The introduction of womens events after a gap of eight years, came in as a boost. As Indian mermaid Nisha Millet won the 100m freestyle with a record timing of 1 min 00.40 secs, bettering the time of 1:02.81 set by Bula Choudhry in the inaugural edition here way back in 1984. Zeba Wadia proved her worth in the 200 m breast stroke with a record shattering effort of 2:50.95, obliterating the existing record of 2:52.10 set by Dipika Chanmugham (Sri Lanka) in 1991 edition at Colombo.
Nisha later anchored the
team to a splendid victory in the 4x100 free style relay
as India won with a record effort of 4 min 16.36 secs.
The Indian quarter not only finished way ahead of Sri
Lanka and Bangladesh but also rewrote its own record of
4:20.68 set 15 years ago. The other two records came in
the mens section. S. Hakimuddin won the 200 m free
style in style. He clocked 01.59.08, knocking 0.36 secs
of J. Abhijits 1:59:44 set in last SAF Games at
Chennai. Deepak Singh accounted for the other record in
the 100m breast stroke.
India rout Pak 5-2 in soccer
KATHMANDU, Sept 26 (PTI) Star striker I.M. Vijayan struck a hat-trick as defending champions India started their SAF Games football title defence by drubbing Pakistan 5-2 in a group B clash here today.
Lele differs with Kapil Dev
NEW DELHI, Sept 26 (PTI) Cricket board secretary Jaywant Lele yesterday denied the national team was playing too many matches which has been attributed for the number of fitness and injury problems faced by top players.
Refuting new national coach Kapil Devs comment two days ago that the Indian team should focus on quality rather than quantity and cut down on its international engagements, Mr Lele said the board was strictly adhering to the norm laid down by the world body on number of matches.
We are strictly following the ICC norm of playing not more than 12 Test matches and 40 one-dayers in a year. I dont think weve violated that, the board secretary told a Press conference after announcing the Rest of India, India A and Board Presidents XI squads after the national selection committee meeting here.
Mr Lele also disagreed with the legendary all-rounder that the two-year term granted to Kapil Dev as India coach was too short a period.
We had arrived at a two-year term only after thinking about it, he said about the decision made at the Jaipur AGM of the board on September 21 and 22 when Kapil Dev was named to take over the job from Anshuman Gaekwad.
Asked whether the problem of injuries and fitness arose because the same set of players appeared day in and day out, both Mr Lele and new selection committee chairman Chandu Borde said a number of youngsters would be seen in action in the three teams.
Mr Lele said, in fact teams like South Africa and Australia were playing more matches than India. But when pointed out that there were many new faces in their squads to enable star players to rest, both Mr Lele and Borde said it would be considered.
We are watching. If any players are found capable, well certainly consider them to play for the country, Borde said.
Mr Lele also announced that South African Andrew Leipus, who had been appointed as the new physiotherapist-cum-trainer for the Indian team, would arrive in Mohali on October 8 or 9 to take charge of the squad ahead of the first Test to be held there from October 10 to 14.
The Indian team has been plagued by injuries to several players, skipper and star batsman Sachin Tendulkar being the prime example.
Tendulkar, who is undergoing treatment for his back trouble, has been advised by medical experts to drastically cut down on his engagements and the worlds best batsman has also accepted the advice.
Ajay Jadeja, stand-in
skipper at the ongoing Nairobi four-nation one-day
tournament, suffered a right calf muscle tear during the
September 1 to 7 Singapore triangular event and the
overall fitness of the Indian players was extremely poor
as they returned to action in the Sri Lankan triangular
in the final week of August after a two-month break once
their World Cup campaign in England ended.
Rain to Aussies rescue
GALLE, (Sri Lanka), Sept 26 Reuters) Heavy rain came to Australias rescue in the second Test against Sri Lanka when the match was abandoned just 19 minutes after play started on the fifth and final day in southern Galle town today.
Sri Lanka, resuming from 44 for no loos at the stumps on Friday, progressed to 55 without losing any wickets when the rain came down, forcing the umpires to call off the match.
Only two hours of play was possible on Friday due to rain, and not a single ball was bowled yesterday due to bad weather.
Sri Lanka scored 296 in their first innings and then their spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath restricted Australia to 228.
Sri Lanka lead the three-Test series, 1-0, having won the first Test by six wickets in Central Kandy town.
The third Test is due to start in Colombo on September 29.
Australias last Test series defeat was against India in 1998 when they went down 2-1.
Sri Lanka ist innings 296 (A.de Silva 64, R. Arnold 50)
Australia Ist innings (M. Slater 96, G. Blewett 62 M. Muralitharan 5-71, R. Herath 4-97)
Sri Lanka (2nd innings ) (44-0 overnight-Friday)
Jayasuriya not out 21
Atapattu not out 28
Extras (lb-3 nb-3) 6
Total (for no wicket, 17.2 over) 55
Davenport beats Seles in final
TOKYO, Sept 26 (Reuters) American number one seed Lindsay Davenport beat Monica Seles 7-5 7-6 (7-1) to take the Princess Cup today.
Davenport was able to play her best in the latter games of the two sets and used her strong serve to beat number two seed Seles in a masterful contest.
Davenport clinched victory in the second set tie-break, taking advantage of unforced errors to end a three-year run of Princess Cup titles by Seles.
Ropar Hawks, CHA XI record
CHANDIGARH, Sept 26 Chandigarh Hockey Association XI and Ropar Hawks launched their campaigns in the 29th All-India Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament on a promising note with facile wins over Friends Club, Doraha, and Wonderland, Jalandhar, respectively at the Sector 42 hockey stadium here today.
While CHA XI staged a remarkable second-half rally turning the contest one-sided with a 5-1 margin after the two teams were locked one-all at the breather, Ropar Hawks struggled to overpower Wonderland, Jalandhar, 3-1 in what turned out to be an absorbing contest under fading light. All the goals came in the second half with inside left Gurmeet Singh emerging as a hero for Ropar Hawks by notching up a brace.
The CHA XI Friends Club tie produced thrills aplenty with the hosts fielding a former Australian combined universities player and current diplomat Richard Francis, a Councillor at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. Although Francis came in as a substitute in place of Avtar Singh to bolster the attack, CHA XI meant business right from the word go. After a cautious start, the hosts forged ahead in the 10th minute through an opportunistic strike by Harish whose angular hit caught the Friends Club custodian Gurpreet Singh off guard.
Thereafter the two teams had an equal share of the exchanges with CHA XI holding a slight edge. They held on to the slender lead till a minute before the lemon break when Jasbir Singh of Friends Club, who was also in the Indian camp for the South African tour, restored parity following a penalty corner.
The induction of Richard Francis in the Chandigarh team changed the complexion of the game. Although Francis was a bit slow initially having entered the playing arena after a long time, he later found his rhythm and in fact turned out to be fulcrum of the CHA XI attack. His measured and defence-splitting passes kept the opponents mostly university-level players on their toes.
Seven minutes after the breather, CHA XI were 2-1 up through another field goal by Navdeep playing in the outside-right position. A minute later skipper Surjit Singh made it 3-1 through another field goal.
In the 58th minute, it was the turn of Francis to show his scoring prowess which he did in style, capitalising on a goalmouth melee to shoot home making it 4-1. And with hardly a minute remaining for the long whistle, skipper Surjit provided the finishing touches to a move initiated by Navdeep and found the target with relative ease to compound the misery of the lads from Doraha.
The second match was well-contested although Wonderland from Jalandhar looked well set on the course to victory. However, Ropar Hawks were able to turn the tide in their favour through some fine goalkeeping by Amritpal Singh and an alert defence.
After the two teams were locked goal-less at the end of the first half, the encounter gained momentum. Wonderland missed two gilt-edged chances and Jatinder Singh on the right wing proved to be the culprit on both the occasions. First he proved to be a trifle slow in feeding a well-positioned Harnek and then failed to capitalise on an excellent pass by Harnek near the goalmouth.
It was in the 50th minute that Ropar Hawks ultimately took the lead through Gurmeet off a penalty corner. Eight minutes later team-mate Jaswant Singh made it 2-0 after latching on to the ball on the D top and shooting home.
Following a faulty clearance by a Wonderland defender, Gurmeet once again was on target, scoring in a goalmouth melee.
With only two minutes remaining for the end of the proceedings, Wonderland were able to pull one back when the hard-working Kirpal managed to dodge his way into the D and hoodwinked Amritpal Singh with a deft placement making it 1-3.
Sangrur pugilists win overall
SANGRUR, Sept 6 Sangrur retained its No. 1 position in Punjab Boxing when they won overall championships in the Punjab Senior Boxing Championships which concluded here today. Sangrur won the overall championship with 35 points while Patiala got second place with 16 points, Talwandi Sabo emerged third with 12 points.
Junior national gold medalist Sukhdev of Sangrur caused a flutter when he defeated favourite Balkar Singh of Patiala in Super heavy category, to win the title. In a very closely fought fight Sukhdev Singh defeated his rival on points.
Harvinder Singh, boxing coach of Sangrur was honoured for his services and on being nominated as the coach of national team. Arpit Shukla SSP gave away the prizes.
Results all finals:
Light fly Wt:- Rakesh (Pta) b Harpreet (Pta)
Fly wt. Tara Singh (Sang) b Narinder Singh (Sang)
Bantam Wt:- Ranjit Singh ( Sang) Love Kumar (Hsp)
Feather Wt.:- Rakesh (Sang) b Jasbir Singh (Talwandi Sabo)
Light Wt.- Jagdeep Singh (Hsp) b Paramdeep (T. Sabo)
Lt. Welter Wt;- Sukhjinder (Bth) b Deepak (Sang)
Welter Wt:- Kamal Kumar (Sang) b Paraminder (Pta)
Lt. Middle Wt.- Arvinder (Sang) b Jagtar (T. Sabo)
Middle Wt;- Narinder (Sang) b Kamaldeep (Mansa)
Lt. Heavy Wt:- Bhagwant Singh (Pta) b Hira Lal (Sang)
Heavy Wt:- Balbir Singh (T.Sabo) b Dilbag Singh (Pta)
FIFA deliberates on transfer rules
ROME, Sept 26 (DPA) Members of the world governing body FIFA and player agents met for the first time in Italy in an effort to set up worldwide and uniform transfer regulations, the Gazzetta Dello Sport reported.
The report said yesterday that those present in the Italian town of Conversiano included FIFA secretary general Michael Zen-Rufinen, the FIFA vice-president Antonio Mattarese and the 1998 World Cup organiser Michel Platini.
We have never talked before, now we have the chance to set up new rules regarding transfers in a joint effort, said Mr Zen-Rufinen.
He added it was not so
much the registered FIFA agents but the self-proclaimed
agents who caused FIFA the most trouble. Football
officials are seriously concerned about rising transfer
fees and players demands.
Chandigarh eves in semifinal
MUMBAI, Sept 26 (UNI) Chandigarh, playing exotic hockey, trounced Bombay 8-0 to enter the semifinal of the Bank of Baroda (BOB) National Junior Women Hockey Championship here at the Mahindras stadium today.
Also joining them were Karnataka which edged out Delhi 2-1 in the other quarter-finals.
Holders Haryana routed Pepsu 5-0 to enter the quarter-finals while runners-up Manipur thrashed west Bengal 6-0, but their fate hangs on the Maharashtra-Bengal match tomorrow. Maharashtra has to win by atleast 7-0 to stop Manipurs entry into the last eight.
Chandigarhs star forward Jyoti Bali hammered four goals including a hat-trick. She and Nishi Chauhan (two goals) formed a deadly duo against whom Bombay were hapless. The link players also successfully cut of any passes to Bombay player Shanghai Chanu. The other scorers were Dimple Thakur and Asha.
The same fate like Chanu met Delhi star Pooja Rawat.
Karnatakas R. Mukhta opened the score but Delhis Anju levelled it in 33rd minute. Few minutes after half-time Christy Elena powered the winner.
Kumble to lead Karnataka
BANGALORE, Sept 26 (PTI) Leg spinner Anil Kumble will lead the Ranji champions Karnataka in the five-day Irani Trophy match against the Rest of India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here starting on October 1.
The team: Anil Kumble
(captain), Javagal Srinath, J Arun Kumar, Sujith
Somasundar, A Vijay, Tilak Naidu, Somashekar Shiruguppi
(wicket-keeper), G K Anil Kumar, Anand Yalvigi, D Ganesh,
K Sriram, Anand Katti, Akil B, Manzoor Ali Khan and
Sandeeps ton helps PCC triumph
CHANDIGARH, Sept 26 (TNS) A splendid 107 by Ranji player Sandeep Sharma enabled Punjab Cricket Club (PCC) to ground Indian Airlines by 66 runs and enter the final of the sixth J P Atray Memorial Cricket Tournament at the PCA Stadium today.
PCC team, batting first, got off to a flying start as they scored 119 runs in the first 15 overs. Openers Sandeep Sharma and Vikram Rathore were involved in lusty hitting as they put on 100 of the innings in just 75 balls. Sandeeps 50 came in just 41 balls. Rathore scored an unblemished 50 which included one six and six boundaries.
Reetinder Sodhi joined Sandeep and they took the score to 189 when Sodhi was caught brilliantly by Shafiq on his individual score of 35. Sharma went on to complete his century which came in 97 balls and included a four and two sixes. Trying to accelerate the run rate, he was caught by Yuvraj off Abdul Qayyom.
The remaining batsmen failed to capitalize on the solid start as the team managed 276 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.
The airlines team also started off in a whirlwind fashion as Vijay Dhaiya and J Arun Kumar scored 72 runs in the first 10 overs. Dhaiya was in his elements today as he struck seven boundaries in his knock of 39. Trying to clear the fence he was caught superbly by Lakhbir Singh off Navdeep. Arun Kumar completed his 50 off 48 balls. He went on to score 67 which included 10 hits to the fence.
Left-hander Yuvraj Singh stroked the ball freely. However, trying to clear the fence he was caught by Navdeep off Sandeep Sanwal for 27.
The airlines team made a mess of the target as only 116 runs were required off 132 deliveries. apart from Onkar Singh (16) and Sanjay Dobal (12) none of the batsmen reached double figures.
The Airlines team fell short by 66 runs. Sandeep Sharma was declared man of the match.
In the second semi-final, to be played tomorrow at PCA Stadium, Bishnoi club, Delhi, will take on PUNCOM XI.
Brief scores: Punjab Cricket Club: 276 for 9 in 50 overs ( Sandeep Sharma 107, Vikram Rathore, 50, Reetinder Sodhi 35, Amit Sharma 23, R P Singh 4 for 61, Subhash Chaudhary 2 for 39). Indian Airlines: 210 all out in 42.5 overs ( J Arun Kumar 67, Vijay Dhaiya 39, Yuvraj Singh 27, Onkar Singh 16, Sandeep Sanwal 4 for 40, Navdeep Singh 2 for 37).
Public schools hockey from Oct 2
ROPAR, Sept 26 (TNS) The 13th All-India Public Schools Hockey Tournament for 1999 will be organised from October 2 to 6 at Sri Dasmesh Academy at Anandpur Sahib, Mr Nusrat Ali Khan, Minister for Sports, Punjab, will inaugurate the tournament.
According to Mr Pradeep
Mall, Principal and Director of Sri Dasmesh Academy, 20
reputed public schools out of 72 IPSC schools, from all
over the country will participate in the tournament. The
participating schools include Mayo College, Ajmer,
Scindia School, Gwalior and Moti Lal Nehru School of
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