|Wednesday, February 9, 2000,
Punjab fail to force outright win
magic ensures victory
PSB Academy, BP in final
Kipketer breaks 1,000 m record
Punjab fail to force outright
SAS Nagar, Feb 8 Resolute batting saw Hyderabad salvage some pride as their first super league fixture in the Ranji Trophy against Punjab fizzled out as a tame draw at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here today.
After having been bowled out for a paltry 117 in their first essay the visitors were not expected to dish out the type of batting display they gave in the second innings.
In fact, it turned out to be quite an authoritative batting display. Opener P Satwaikar, Vinay Sharma and skipper Mohammed Azharuddin batted with confidence and all notched up well-deserved half centuries. Nand Kishore, the other opener, occupied the crease for 194 minutes for his 35 runs, as the visitors, by the time the two umpires decided to end the play, were comfortably placed at 244 for three wickets, just two runs short of the first innings deficit.
Hyderabad batsmen, to some extent, were aided by not-so-impressive bowling from the Punjab bowlers. Key off-spinner Harbhajan Singh looked off-colour and conceded nearly 50 runs in the 14 overs he bowled. Left-arm spinner Navdeep Singh, though bowled a couple of maiden overs, lacked the sting, while frontline seamers Sandeep and Gagandeep, though toiled hard, miserably failed to make inroads into the rival batting order.
To their credit, Hyderabad batsmen looked determined to deny the hosts an outright victory. Quite understandably, they refrained from any show of flamboyance. Putting down their heads they batted with right earnest and succeeded in earning a draw for the team.
P. Satwalkar and Nand Kishore, the two overnight batsmen, opened the days proceedings on a sedate note. Batting cautiously, they kept on scoring runs through ones and twos and thumping the odd boundary. When the hundred-run partnership looked within reach Satwalkar edged a Sandeep outswinger into the hands of Harminder Jugnu behind the stumps. Medium pacer Reetinder Sodhi struck after some time to dismiss Nand Kishore lbw to bring some cheer to the Punjab camp.
But it turned out to be a long struggle for Punjab bowlers after these twin successes. Vinay Kumar batted with a lot of assurance, while Azhar brought all his international experience into play. Punjab skipper Vikram Rathore reshuffled his bowlers in order to get the crucial breakthroughs which, however, proved elusive.
Left-arm spinner Yuveraj Singh, introduced into the attack rather late, finally broke the partnership having Vinay caught by Navdeep after the batsman had scored 67 runs.
Azharuddin, though did not look fluent, completed his half century and remained unbeaten on 63, while failed to get off the mark even after facing 49 deliveries when the play ended.
Punjab gained five points due to the first inning lead, while Hyderabad got three points.
Hyderabad (1st innings):117
Punjab (1st innings): 363 for 8 declared
Hyderabad (IInd innings): P Satwalkar c Jugnu b Sandeep 53, Nand Kishore lbw Sodhi 35, Vinay c Navdeep b Yuveraj 67, Azharuddin not out 63, Shridhar not out 0.
Extras: (nb 8, lb 12, b 6) 26.
Total: (for three wickets in 93 overs ) 244.
Fall of wickets: 1-89, 2-115, 3-219.
Nigeria enter last four
ACCRA, Feb 8 (Reuters) African Nations Cup favourites Nigeria clawed their way back from imminent defeat to book a semifinal place with a 2-1 extra-time win over Senegal in Lagos yesterday but holders Egypt suffered a shock defeat in the other quarterfinal match.
Substitute striker Julius Aghahowa, making only his second appearance for the co-hosts, turned around Nigerias fortunes with a last-gasp equaliser and then netted the winning goal in extra-time.
But the match was held up for 10 minutes by a crowd invasion that followed the win, which could lead to Thursdays semifinal against South Africa in Lagos being played behind closed doors.
Nigeria will also have to do without influential playmaker Austin Okocha, automatically suspended after being sent off for elbowing an opponent with just minutes left.
Earlier, Tunisia upset Egypt 1-0 in Kano to end the defending champions hopes of becoming the first team to retain the African title since 1965.
Senegal were just six minutes away from arguably the biggest upset in the Nations Cups 42-year history, leading from the sixth minute until Aghahowa turned the game around for the co-hosts.
Senegals Kalidou Fadiga scored after some impressive skill with a left-footed shot to silence the crowd at Lagos Surelere Stadium.
A tense game saw Senegal defend with aplomb against Nigerias star-studded frontline, including African footballer of the year Nwanwko Kanu, and hold out until the 84th minute when Aghahowa equalised.
A second goal for the teenage striker two minutes into extra-time saw delirious supporters invade the pitch in the latest of a series of incidents at the trouble-plagued venue.
Play was held up for 10 minutes as Senegal refused to play on until the track around the pitch was cleared of spectators.
Nigeria were fined last week for rioting in the stadium that followed their goal-less draw with Congo in their opening group match in Lagos.
Leander, Lapentti to pair up in doubles
DUBAI, Feb 8 (PTI) The hunt for the doubles title at the Dubai Open tennis tournament will be tough for Indian ace Leander Paes in the absence of his regular partner Mahesh Bhupathi, who is out of action following a shoulder surgery.
Paes, who played a steller role in the 3-2 triumph over Lebanon in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group I first round tie at Lucknow over the weekend, has teamed up with Ecuadors Nicolas Lapentti for this tournament as his scheduled partner. Zimbabwes Byron Black withdrew due to exhaustion after his Davis Cup match against the USA.
The worlds top ranked doubles player, a wild card entry in singles, will take on Spaniard Fernando Vicente in the first round.
With Maheshs injury and shoulder operation, we have broken up temporarily Paes told the Gulf News. Our future depends on how fast and how well Mahesh recovers, he said.
We will have to see when he can come back. He underwent shoulder surgery in New York on December 6. He is expected to miss most of the 2000 season. It is too premature to say what the future holds for us said Paes.
Currently I am concentrating on looking after myself. I am paying attention to my singles ranking as this will help get me in the main draw at tournament, he added.
The Indian star has
struggled with his doubles campaign this year with other
players. He and partner Sebastian Lareau of Canada
crashed out of the Australian open in first round. Paes,
playing with Syed Fazaluddin, also lost the doubles in
the Davis cup tie against Lebanon.
Woods magic ensures victory
PEBBLE BEACH (California), Feb 8 (AFP) Even for Tiger Woods, it was an amazing feat of golf magic.
Woods recovered seven strokes over the final eight holes here yesterday for a two-stroke victory over rookie Matt Gogel at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, matching the second-best win streak in PGA history.
It was Woods sixth PGA victory in a row, the best streak since Ben Hogan won six in a row in 1948.
But the historic feat meant less to Woods than his overall showing in the past nine months, a near-perfect run marred only by a loss at last years US Open.
Im more proud of the fact that I won eight out of nine, Woods said.
World No I Woods fired the lowest final round for a champion in the 53-year history of the event, an 8-under par 64 to finish at 15-under par 273, catching the rookie after he started the day five shots out.
Thats one of the things I learned from being out here anything can happen down the stretch, Woods said. You just have to give yourself a chance.
Woods, (24) became only the third player to win six titles in as many events by equalling Hogan. Byron Nelson set the all-time record with 11 straight titles in 1945.
I dont know if you could say its untouchable, Woods said of Nelsons mark. If a player gets on a roll like he did, I dont care what era youre in. If a player is hot, the player is hot.
Woods will try to stretch his win streak to defend his Torrey Pines crown starting Thursday in La Jolla, California.
In the 1990s, only two players won three in a row: Zimbabwes Nick Price in 1993 and David Duval in 1997. They were the first to do it since Tom Watson in 1980, underscoring the greatness of Woods current run.
Winning is kind of a habit for him right now, said South African Ernie Els, runner-up to Woods in a play-off in the season-opening Tournament of Champions event.
I think hes a legend in the making, if hes not already. I think the media has helped him a lot, too, when he was growing up. But he backed it up with his golf game, especially the last year or so. Hes had it all his way so far, lets put it that way.
Hes 24. Hes probably going to be bigger than Elvis when he gets into his 40s.
Woods picked up winning the $4 million event and tops this years money list with tournaments, the most in a single year since Johnny Miller in 1974, and claimed the money title with a PGA tour-record.
Woods second-worst performance of 1999 was here, where he shared 53rd.
Gogel, (29) fell into a tie for the lead with a bogey at the 15th hole. The all-time leader in wins on the US development circuit, Gogel finished in a share of second with Fijis Vijay Singh at 13-under after rimming out a two-footer for par at the 18th.
I just misread the putt and got careless on the next one, Gogel admitted.
The Kansas native had a chance to tie Woods on each of the last two holes but left a 25-foot birdie putt an inch shy of the hole at the 17th and pulled a seven-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th wide left.
Thats a tough task to accomplish when the numbers already been posted, Woods said of Gogel trying to catch him over the last two holes.
Weather cooperated at
normally stubborn Pebble Beach, where Thursdays
round was postponed due to heavy wind and rain and
Sundays third round was suspended due to fog on one
of the events three courses.
Delhi take first innings lead
NEW DELHI, Feb 8 (PTI) A devastating spell by medium pacer Amit Bhandari enabled Delhi to take a vital 142-run first innings lead and claim five points on the last day of the Ranji Trophy super league match against Rajasthan here today.
Bhandari struck thrice in the space of 15 deliveries to bundle Rajasthan out for 311 runs in the 11th mandatory over in reply to their own total of 453 for nine declared.
Earlier, resuming at their overnight score of 134 for one after bad light and fog once again delayed the start of the match by two hours, Rajasthan suffered quick setbacks when both Anshu Jain and nightwatchman Rohit Jhalani departed within a space of six balls after adding just 27 runs.
Jain was caught at the second slip by Akash Chopra off Sanjay Gill for a well-made 64 that included 7 fours while Jhalani was adjudged lbw to Bhandari for 12 runs.
Rahul Kanwat and Ajay Mehra then played cautiously and added 47 runs for the fourth wicket before Nikhil Chopra claimed Mehara leg before with the Rajasthan total reading 208 for four. Mehra made 21 off 55 balls including four boundaries.
Krishnakumar joined Kanwat and the two resurrected
Rajasthan innings with some fine batting. The duo were
very watchful and refrained from taking any risks, the
score progressing mainly with ones and twos. Robin Singh
(jr) provided Delhi with the vital breakthrough when he
claimed Kanwat with the fourth lbw decision of the
innings. Kanwats 106 ball knock of 52 included six
hits to the fence.
Akhtar banned for misconduct
KARACHI, Feb 7 (Reuters) Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar was suspended yesterday from playing in a Test series against Sri Lanka because of a suspect bowling action, and then learned he would miss a one-day international for misconduct.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Tauqir Zia told Reuters that Akhtar would not be considered for the first one-day match against Sri Lanka on Sunday after he was found guilty of a night out on the eve of a vital one-day final with Australia.
returned to the team hotel in the morning of the second
final in Sydney. He has been banned for Sundays
match immediately and the board will also impose a heavy
cash fine on him, he said.
AIFFs special project to regain glory
NEW DELHI, Feb 8 (PTI) Stung by the sliding fortunes of the country in the worlds most popular sport, the All India Football Federation yesterday announced a special time-bound project to improve Indias performance in the Afro-Asian Games, 2001 and World Cup 2002 programme.
The Mission of Glory project envisages picking up promising players and develop the Indian team for the two prestigious tournaments in a phased manner under a foreign coach from May this year, All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Priya Ranjan Das Munsi told reporters here.
The project, approved at the two-day AIFF general body meeting which concluded here on Sunday, would be for the Afro-Asian Games which will be held here in November 2001 and later converted for the first round of the World Cup 2002 qualifiers.
Six teams three top teams from Asia and two from Africa besides India will participate in the Afro-Asian Games, which will be held between November 3 and 11, 2001 while India has been placed in group 8 along with strong UAE, Yemen and Brunei for World Cup qualifiers.
Under the project, 36 players will be selected for training and exposure to international tournaments by May this year and the list will be later pruned to 26.
The AIFF will organise tours for the team to various countries and will also invite foreign teams, said Mr Das Munsi, adding matches with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and China will be preferred as the aim is to tackle UAE and other top African teams.
The players will be picked up by a core group comprising Mr Das Munsi, AIFF secretary K.N. Mour, treasurer A.R. Khaleel and senior vice-president P.P. Lakshman in consultation with reputed coahces P.K. Banerjee, Sukhvinder Singh, Nayeemuddin and coaches of some of the top teams participating in the National Football League.
The players, to be chosen from among the juniors and seniors, will be trained by a foreign coach and management staff consisting of one technical director, three assistant coaches and a professional manager.
The federation is negotiating with French coach Franz Barriquand as per recommendation of the FIFA technical committee head Walter Gagg in this regard and will also appoint a masseur-cum-therapist and a doctor under the project.
The AIFF has also decided to appoint Mohammed Ismail of Uzbekistan as coach of the Youth Development Programme for a year on an experimental basis.
The general body also decided to set up a National Football League to promote womens football in the country. The programme involves a competition of various clubs from Goa, Calcutta, Mumbai, Manipur and other parts of the country at a venue to be decided later.
The federation has also approved an offer from Germany to train star women players Sujata Kaur and Alpana Sil, who will soon be sent there.
The meeting also approved AIFFs three-year agreement with England-based company, Saphire International for promoting Indian players in Europe and tours of Indian team.
The Santosh Trophy for next year has been allotted to Maharashtra while the tournament will be held in Manipur in 2001-2002.
The federation also decided to conduct this years Jawaharlal Nehru International Tournament at Bhopal, the dates for which will be announced later, Mr Das Munsi said.
The AIFF also revised the calendar for the year to accommodate the Federation Cup, Santosh Trophy, Second division of National Football League and the U-19 national championships in the remaining period.
Consequently, all the four tournaments will be completed in a period of three months, cramming the calendar in an attempt to complete the backlog before the end of the season.
As per the revised calendar, the second division of NFL will be held from February 25 to March 30, during which qualifying, preliminary and final rounds will be completed at various venues.
While qualifying round of the Santosh Trophy in Kerala will be held from March 25 to April 5 and final round from April 6 to 20, the qualifying rounds for Federation Cup will be held from April 10 to 20. The pre-quarter finals will start on April 22 while the final will be held on May 7.
Haryana-UP tie drawn
ROHTAK, Feb 8 Hosts Haryana and Uttar Pradesh shared three points each as their Ranji Trophy supper league match, affected by rain, ended in a draw at Vishwakarma Stadium here today.
The proceedings on the final day could not resume today till 10 minutes past 2 due to overnight fog and bad light. Resuming their innings at yesterdays score of 189 for six, Haryanas first innings folded up for the addition of only 9 runs. The medium pace and spin combination of Shalabh Srivastva and Gyanendra Pandey took only 35 minutes to dismiss the remaining four batsmen.
Today Uttar Pradesh bowlers succeeded in dismissing Ajay Ratra first. He was bowled by skipper Gyanendera Pandey before adding any run to his overnight score of 37.
At this stage Haryanas total was 191. His dismissal signalled a sudden collapse as two more batsmen were sent back to the pavilion at this very score. Pankaj Thakur was adjudged leg before wicket to Salabh Srivastva for his individual score of two. Vineet Jain fell lbw to Gyanendera Pandey for a duck. Shalabh wrapped up the proceedings by claiming last of the Haryana wickets in Manish Shakhalkar who was caught behind for 4.
UP pacer Shalabh took six for 82 in 30.5 overs put his skipper returned with more impressive analysis of 20-9-24-4. Thus Haryanas complete innings folded up at 198 in 75.6 overs.
The Uttar Pradesh innings also started on a his disastrous note. Medium pacer Feroze Ghyas struck early blows to dismiss the opening pair of Manoj Mudgal (6) and Jyoti Yadav (9) cheaply. Jain brought the visitors under pressure when he accounted for Rizwan Shamshad who was caught by Satish Ohlan for 3. This wicket fell at 31. Mohammad Kaif and Gyanendra added 33 runs for the fourth wicket. Manish Shakhalkar separated them by trapping Mohammed Kaif lbw when the batsman had scored 18 runs. Gyanendra Pandey was the last man out after scoring 11 runs. His wicket was claimed by Feroze Ghyas who ended with 3 for 32. Play was called of after 10 mandatory overs were bowled. Uttar Pradesh scored 93 for the loss of five wickets.
Haryana (Ist innings)
Jitender Singh c Mohd Kaif b Shalabh Srivastva 5, Parinder Sharma lbw Gyanendera Pandey 30, Jasvir Singh lbw Gyanendera Pandey 94, Sanjay Dalal b Shalabh Srivastva 10, Rajesh Puri b Shalabh Srivastva 1, Satish Ohlan lbw Shalabh Srivastva 0, Ajay Rajra b Gyanendra Pandey 37, Pankaj Thakur lbw Shalabh Srivastva 2, Vineet Jain lbw Gyanendra Pandey 0, Feroze Ghyas not out 2, Manish Shakhalkar c Manoj Mudgal b Shalabh Srivastva 4.
Extras (b-7, lb-2, nb-4)
Total (all out in 75.5 overs 198)
Fall of wickets 1-9, 2-79, 3-114, 4-118, 5-118, 6-182, 7-191, 8-191, 9-191, 10-198.
Bowling: A.W. Zaidi 15-4-38-0, Shalabh Srivastva 30.5-6-82-6, Pankaj Tiwari 7-0-27-0, Gyanendra Pandey 20-9-24-4, Mohammed Saif 1-0-10-0, M. Raza 2-0-8-0.
Uttar Pradesh (Ist innings):
Manoj Mudgal c Jasvir Singh b Feroze Ghyas 6, Jyoti Yadav c Jitender Singh b Feroze Ghyas 9, Mohd Kaif lbw Manish Shakhalkar 18, Rizwan Shamshad c Satish Ohlan b Vineet Jain 3, Gyanendra Pandey c Ajay Ratra b Feroze Ghyas 11, Saurabh Shukla not out 21, Mohammad Saif not out 1.
Extras (b-6, lb-3, w-1, nb-14 24.
Total for 5 wicket in 27 overs 135.
Fall of wicket: 1-14,2-21, 3-31, 4-64, 5-72.
PSB Academy, BP in final
NEW DELHI, Feb 8 (UNI) Bharat Petroleum downed Air-India (Mumbai) 4-3 to set up title clash with Punjab and Sind Bank Academy who stroked out CISF 4-1 via tie breaker in the 10th Shastri Hockey Tournament here today.
The final will be played tomorrow.
In a thrilling second semifinal Air-India muffed a stroke and were edged out by Bharat Petroleum.The teams were level 2-2 at half time.
Bharat Petroleum took an early lead when former international Sabu Verkey deftly struck home in the 6th minute(1-0).
Five minutes later right winger Deepak Sharma increased Bharat Petroleums lead as he deflected a square pass from inside forward Rajesh Chauhan (2-0).
Stung by these early reverses, Air-India got into their groove and took control of the proceedings.They dominated the midfield play with centre half Gavin Ferreira being well supported by Harpreet Singh.
Air-India reduced the margin in the 16th minute through striker Madan Vishwanath who was set up by the veteran Darryl DSouza (1-2).
Outside right Kishore Kumar restored parity in the 31st minute when he provided the final touch to some excellent spadework done by Rajesh Chauhan (2-2).
However, two minutes into the second session,Bharat Petroleum again surged ahead when Olympian Sandeep Somesh scored off a penalty corner rebound (3-2). Air-India was not to be left behind as they fought back relentlessly and their efforts finally bore fruit three minutes before the final whistle. Kishore Kumar again found the target after being set up by Deepak Sharma (3-3).
Air-Indias joy was shortlived as Bharat Petroleum struck again in a lightning counter move spearheaded by Sabu Verkey.
The centre forward sent a long pass down the middle to young and athletic inside forward Amar Aiyamma who darted into the circle, dodged past full back Cornelius DCosta and then beat custodian Edgar Mascarenhas with a powerful reverse flick (4-3).
Air-India were awarded a penalty stroke in the last minute after Amar Aiyamma put his foot on the ball while rushing out to thwart a penalty corner attempt. The resultant push was scooped out by Kishore Kumar much to the disappointment of his team mates.
In the first semifinal, Punjab and Sind Bank Academy stroked out Central Industrial Security Force 4-1 via tie breaker.
In a lacklustre encounter both the teams failed to score in the regulation period and extra time leading to the tie breaker.
Academy boys forced five penalty corners while CISF earned two which were all muffed.
Ajit Pal Singh, Sharanjit Singh, Rajbir Singh and Prabhdeep Singh converted their strokes.
For CISF only skipper G.V. Xaxa could convert his stroke while Anil Kumar and Cyril Ekka muffed their strokes.
Harmeet heading for rookie
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 Chandigarh-based Harmeet Kahlon leads the table for the rookie golfer of the year award. A model of consistency and self-belief, Harmeet has earned a total of Rs 2.7 lakh as prize money till January 30.
At second place in this category is Digvijay Singh (total earnings Rs 1.7 lakh) while Zai Kipgen is placed third with an earning of Rs 1.5 lakh over this season.
In an exciting race for supremacy of the Mahindra golf rankings and an eventual award of Rs 7 lakh, just one single point separates in-form Firoz Ali from the rock-like Vijay Kumar. The thrilling scenario, at the end of 14 events on the PGA India tour, also positions doughty Mukesh Kumar within the frame, close enough to make a winning move any moment.
While Firoz Ali has garnered 181 points and a total prize money of Rs 6.7 lakh, Vijay Kumar has so far earned Rs 6.4 lakh and 180 points. Mukesh Kumar is not far behind and has earned Rs 5.5 lakh while his tally of points is 171.
Chandigarhs Amritinder Singh has so far earned Rs 4.5 lakh and is placed eighth in the Mahindra golf rankings.
Pavilion named after Waughs
SYDNEY, Feb 8 (AFP) Australian Test and one-day stalwarts Stephen and Mark Waugh were today honoured by the naming of a new pavilion after them at their spiritual home at Bankstown Oval in Sydneys south-western suburbs.
They might be cricketing millionaires but their hearts remain working class.
The people from Bankstown seem to have a great spirit and character, said Australian captain Steve Waugh.
An example is this cricket club, the way it sticks together and helps people out, its a real family atmosphere.
Kipketer breaks 1,000 m record
STUTTGART, Feb 8 (AFP) Denmarks world 800-metres outdoor champion Wilson Kipketer broke the 1,000 metres indoor world record here on Sunday, winning in a time of 2 minutes 15.25 seconds just two months after undergoing a hernia operation.
The 29-year-old Kenyan-born athlete, who holds both the in door and outdoor 800 metres world records, broke Algerian Nourredine Morcelis eight year-old mark of 2:16.26 set in Birmingham, England, in February 1992.
Jalandhar clinch handball title
JALANDHAR, Feb 8 Hosts Jalandhar quelled a strong challenge from Ludhiana, before clinching the title in the Punjab State Handball Championship for men which concluded here at Guru Gobind Singh Stadium. In the womens section Amritsar edged hosts Jalandhar in a close encounter by a margin of 2 points. In the super final Punjab Police defeated Punjab junior boys team 25-18.
In the mens semifinals hosts Jalandhar defeated Ropar 21-15, Ludhiana defeated Patiala by one point, Ludhiana were leading by six points at half time.
In the womens
semifinals Jalandhar defeated Ludhiana 8-5. The winners
were leading 4-1 at half time. In the second semifinal
Amritsar beat Muktsar 9-7. The score was 4-1 in favour of
Amritsar till half time. Amritsar defeated hosts
Jalandhar by a margin of just two points. The winners
were trailing 3-9 at the half time.
KURUKSHETRA, Feb 8 On the opening day of eight-day All-India Inter-University Hockey (womens) Tournament, nine matches were played four while teams gained walkovers today.
The detailed results of first day are: Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior b Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, 3-0; Mumbai University b Bangalore University 3-2; Lucknow University b Calicut University 6-1; Pandit Ravi Shanker Shukla University, Raipur, b University of Pune 7-0; Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, b Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar, 14-0; Kerala University b Gujarat University, Ahmedabad 6-1, Bharthidasan University, Tiruchirrapali, b Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur, 10-0; Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, b Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, 2-1; RML Avadh University, Faizabad, got a walkover against University of Kashmir; Barkatullah University, Bhopal, got a walkover against Guru Ghasi Dass University, Bilaspur; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj University, Kanpur, got a walkover against TMB University, Bhagalpur, and Purvanchal University, Jaunpur got a walkover against Jiwaji University, Gwalior.
Punjab, Delhi record wins
SANGRUR, Feb 8 Punjab and Delhi maintained their winning spree today in the North Zone Womens Cricket Championship, which is in progress here. In the first match Punjab had no difficulty in beating Haryana in a one-sided match.
Batting first Punjab scored 202 runs in 40 overs. Gulshan and Rajni scored 89 and 44 runs respectively for Punjab. In reply Haryana just managed to score 110 runs in 40 overs. Rijju was the top scorer with 35 runs. Kiran took three wickets for Punjab.
In the second match
Delhi defeated Jammu and Kashmir by nine wickets. Vandana
and Asha took five and two wickets respectively. In reply
Delhi scored the required runs in eight overs. Rakhi
remained not out with 24.
NIS to have centre for
PATIALA, Feb 8 A centre of excellence in athletics will start functioning at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) here from April this year.
Under this scheme, 25 promising athletes from all over the country in the age group of 16-25 years, will be selected for training. Only those athletes who have won medals in either junior or senior state and national-level athletic meets will be selected, for a period of one year.
In addition to free board and lodging, each selected athlete will be get Rs 100 per day, sports kit worth Rs 6000 per annum, two sets of playing equipment and AC second class rail fare to go to home twice a year besides medical and life insurance facilities for a year. Non-residential trainees will be given a suitable stipend.
In addition to academic
activities held at NIS here, SAI has also decided to open
a training centre under the STC scheme for sportspersons
in the age group of 14-21 years. The sportspersons under
the STC scheme, will be given training in athletics
(boys), cycling, gymnastics (girls), judo and hockey
Trials put off
CHANDIGARH, Feb 8 (BOSR)
Selection trials for SAI training centre, Bhiwani,
which was scheduled to be held from February 9 to 11,
have been postponed due to forthcoming assembly elections
in Haryana. This was stated in a press note by the
Northern Centre of SAI, Chandigarh. The trials in the
disciplines athletics, boxing, volleyball and wrestling
for boys only will now be be held from March 1 to 3.
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