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India Seniors score 52-run victory
Churchill Brothers down SBT
Lal Thakur best skier
India Seniors score 52-run victory
AHMEDABAD, Feb 10 (PTI) India Seniors inflicted a 52-run defeat on India A with 2.3 overs to spare in the opening league match of the Challenger Trophy day-night cricket tournament here tonight.
Rahul Dravid won the toss for India Seniors and chose to bat first on an easy-paced pitch. His top-order clicked well with the first two wickets putting on 178 on the board before the team ended up a 50-over total of 279 all out.
Shiv Sunder Das (73), VVS Laxman (43) and Dravid (62) were their main scorers.
India A, led by Mohd Azharuddin, started the chase well with openers J Arun Kumar, who made a fine 72 off 90 balls including six boundaries and a six, and Ashu Dani (32) putting on 88 runs.
But once Anil Kumble came in to the attack after the first 10 overs, the scoring rate dropped. Then off-spinner Nikhil Chopra took over from the leg spinner to send back Dani and Azharuddin (23 of 25 balls) to help India Seniors gain the upperhand.
When left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi struck by getting rid off his Karnataka mate Arun Kumar, India A had slid from 88 for no loss to 147 for three.
Chopra then got rid off Virender Sehwag by having the Delhi youngster caught in the deep and India A were put firmly on the back foot at 153 for four.
Left-hander S Sharath, who made a strokeful 59-ball 52 runs with seven boundaries, and Sanjay Bangar staged a brief fightback to take India A to 189 when Bangar, who took three wickets earlier, was run out narrowly.
Tomorrow India Seniors take on India B in their second match of the tourney.
Das b Bangar 73
Laxman lbw b Bangar 43
Dravid b Kapoor 62
Kambli lbw b Bangar 26
Robin Singh run out 15
Dighe run out 3
Joshi c Azharuddin b Karthik 16
Chopra c Bangar b Kumaran 17
Kumble not out 3
Sodhi run out 2
Prasad run out 0
Extras (lb-3, w-10, nb-6) 19
Total (all out in 50 overs) 279
Fall of wickets: 1-84, 2-178, 3-209, 4-215, 5-230, 6-243, 7-272, 8-274, 9-276.
Bowling: T Kumaran 10-1-61-1, A Bhandari 8-1-42-0, S Bangar 10-0-54-3, M Karthik 9-0-46-1, A Kapoor 10-0-55-1, V Sehwag 3-0-18-0.
Arun Kumar c Robin b Joshi 72
Dani c Sodhi b Chopra 32
Azharuddin c Kumble b Chopra 23
Sharath c Dravid b Kumble 52
Sehwag c Kambli b Chopra 3
Bangar run out 15
Mongia not out 13
Kapoor b Kumble 1
Kumaran c and b Kumble 1
Karthik c Kumble b Joshi 3
Bhandari St Dighe b Joshi 0
Extras (lb-1, w-8, nb-3) 12
Total (all out in 47.3 overs) 227
Fall of wickets: 1-88, 2-125, 3-147, 4-153, 5-189, 6-216, 7-218, 8-224, 9-227.
Kafelnikov rallies to win
MARSEILLE, Feb 10 (AP) Russias Yevgeni Kafelnikov lost a set but recovered to beat Italys Gianluca Pozzi 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a first round match as the top seed advanced yesterday but second seed Thomas Enqvist from Sweden fell in the second round.
I had a problem adapting, the top seed said. After coming back from Australia I played in Davis Cup in Moscow where the surface was much quicker than here. Today it took me about 30 minutes to get into the match.
Kafelnikov will next play Croatias Ivan Ljubicic in the second round.
In the only second round match played yesterday, Goran Ivanisevic beat Enqvist 6-4, 6-3.
Seventh seed Thomas Johansson from Sweden moved into the second round with a 6-0, 7-6 (3) win over Swiss Davis Cupper George Bastl. Johansson is meeting Swiss Roger Federer next.
Federer came through with a 6-4, 6-4 win over French qualifier Anthony Dupuis.
Eighth seed Arnaud Clement from France took out Germanys Axel Pretzsch 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 but will need to sharpen up his returning game against big-serving Marc Rosset from Switzerland in the second round.
Sebastien Grosjean, seeded four here, got the better of an all-French struggle with Arnaud Di Pasquale. Grosjean won 7-6(3), 6-1.
PARIS (AFP): Defending champion Serena Williams of the USA showed form almost as hot as her snazzy orange dress when she marched into the quarterfinals of the indoor Paris Open at the Coubertin Stadium, shooting down Swiss World No 24 Patty Schnyder 6-2, 6-2.
Williams, bidding to emulate Martina Navratilova in winning the title for a second time here, took her career record against the Swiss to 3-0 after wins at Lipton (1998) and last year in Los Angeles with this latest success taking just 67 minutes.
The powerful 18-year-old American is slated to meet last years beaten finalist, fifth seed Amelie Mauresmo of France, in the last eight but the similarly muscular Mauresmo first has to defeat Romanias Ruxandra Dragomir as well as compatriot Sarah Pitkowski in a second-round match.
Certainly, she was far too strong for Schnyder, who was blown away by ferocious serving from Williams, who banged down nine aces. Williams finished the job by breaking her opponent to love.
The American arrived in
the city of light with happy memories of her only
previous visit to the Coubertin venue 12 months ago as
she waltzed past four French stars to capture her first
WTA tour singles crown. She went on to lift four more
titles in 1999 - one less than elder sister Venus, who is
not competing here.
Sweeping changes in Pak squad
KARACHI, Feb 10 (AFP) Wasim Akram has stepped down as captain of Pakistan cricket team in a major shake-up ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka, the Pakistan Cricket Board said today.
Opener Saeed Anwer will instead lead Pakistan.
The team announced by the PCB advisory council is for the first one-day international to be played in Karachi on February 13. Seven players who toured Australia have been dropped.
Wasim has stepped down voluntarily as he wants to give more time to his family and has certain domestic commitments, there is no controversial thing in it, said Yawar Saeed, PCBs director cricket operations.
He has not been removed and he feels it a privilege to play for Pakistan as ordinary player, Yawar said.
Middle order batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ijaz Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim, Wajahatullah Wasti, Shahid Afridi, allrounder Azhar Mahmood and pacer Waqar Younis were all axed.
PCB respects every Pakistani player and all the senior players are not dropped but are rested, we wanted to test some youngsters with an eye to the future, he said.
Pakistan was defeated 3-0 in the Test series against Australia and were whitewashed 2-0 in the finals of the tri-series Down Under.
Wholesale changes were expected although captain Wasim and coach Intikhab Alam warned a major shake-up may unbalance the team.
Former captain Aamir Sohail stages a comeback. Sohail, who fell out with fellow players last year, made more than 700 runs in Pakistans season and staked his claim with a swashbuckling 64 in a warm up game against Sri Lanka.
Rawalpindi Express Shoaib Akhtar is suspended by the PCB for the Karachi one-dayer on disciplinary charges.
Five newcomers Younis Khan, Imran Abbas, Faisal Iqbal, Yasir Arfat and Zahid Saeed are all uncapped. Eighteen-year-old left arm pacer Saeed was declared best bowler of the recently concluded junior World Cup in Sri Lanka. Younis made 1,100 runs in Pakistans domestic season while Abbas made a polished 79 against Sri Lanka in a warm up one-day game.
Iqbal, 18, is a nephew of former Pakistan batting maestro Javed Miandad. Arfat, a hard hitting allrounder from Islamabad, impressed in the junior World Cup.
Team: Saeed Anwer
(captain), Aamir Sohail, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhanna,
Imran Abbas, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Abdur Razzak,
Saqlain Mushtaq, Zahid Saeed, Yasir Arfat, Shoaib Malik,
Faisal Iqbal, Imran Nazir and Shahid Nazir.
Churchill Brothers down SBT
MARGAO, Feb 10 (PTI) Title aspirants Churchill Brothers moved to the top of the table snuffing out the challenge of the State Bank of Travancore with a solitary goal win in the National Football League here today.
The local outfit scored the all-important goal in the 24th minute through a penalty kick taken by medio Rocky Baretto.
Mykola Shevechenko, who worked hard to keep the attack moving, took a shot into the goal, which was deliberately handled by SBT defender Dipu Krishnan following a flag kick by Somatai Shaiza resulting in the penalty kick.
Referee P Bhasker of Tamil Nadu showed red card to Krishnan and awarded penalty kick, which was converted by Baretto beating the SBT goalkeeper to his right.
Churchill bros had better of exchanges throughout the match but failed to consolidate the lead as their strikers failed to capitalise on the chances that came their way and the absence of striker Andriy, who could not play because of two yellow cards, was felt in the upfront.
Salgaocar edge past BSF
LUDHIANA, Feb 10 Defending champions Salgaocar Sports Club, Goa, struggled to down Border Security Force, Jalandhar, 2-1 to log full points in the second and decisive phase of the National Football League at Guru Nanak Stadium here today.
The match, played in intermittent rain, saw BSF showing early domination and taking the lead through medio Sane Lamas header in the 18th minute but Salgaocar hit back to restore parity soon after through midfielder Gbenga Lawal who found the target in an identical fashion.
With only a few seconds left for the long whistle, Salgaocar found the matchwinner when Jules Alberto headed home the ball following a free kick by defender Robert Fernandes. With todays victory, Salgaocar now have 23 points from six wins and five draws. BSFs tally, however, remains unchanged at six points.
Fighting with their back to the wall, debutants BSF put up a brave show right from the kick-off. Despite slippery ground conditions, the security men displayed strong motivation while Salgaocar saw their plans go awry in the face of stiff resistance from their rivals, who are struggling to stave off relegation in the NFLs decisive phase.
BSF commenced the proceedings on a promising note with medio Sane Lama testing Salgaocar custodian Raghuvir Khanolkar with a curving flag kick. Striker Gurjit Atwal made a fine attempt off the rebound but missed the target.
BSFs sustained pressure ultimately bore fruit in the 19th minute when striker Gurjit Atwal put D.S. Negi in possession, who wasted no time in despatching a pass to Harbinder. Harbinder centred for Lama who headed the ball into the net, leaving Khanolkar perplexed.
However, Salgaocar were hardly upset after the steback and in the 29th minute restored parity through Nigerian Gbenga Lawal. A cross by Denis Cabral from the left saw Lawal attempting a well-directed header which sailed past Bibhas Saha under the BSF bar, sending a wave of joy in the Goans camp.
BSF had a few more chances to forge ahead once again, but were distinctly unlucky. In the second half, defender Raghubir Singhs cross for Gurjit Atwal saw the latter balooning the ball over the bar despite being at hand-shaking distance from the goalkeeper. Atwal once again made a brave attempt with a fine solo run on the left flank and succeeded in beating the goalkeeper with a powerful grounder parallel to the goal-line but although the ball had slipped out of the goalkeepers hands there was no one to shoot into the empty net.
Salgaocar also launched a counter attack through Alvito DCunha whose defence-splitting pass for Dharamjit Singh saw the latter shooting straight into the goalkeepers hands. With no let-up in the rain, both sides made a couple of substitutions. While Salgaocar brought in Venkatesh in place of Brazilian striker Joao Dos Santos. BSF replaced Harbinder with Jasvir. However, the newcomers inclusion did not change the complexion of the game and the two sides remained content with long ranged attempts. First BSFs Raghubir Singh despatched a powerful shot from the top of the box which goalkeeper Khanolkar collected without much difficulty and then Salgaocars Roque Pereiras booming volley sailed over.
With the match drifting
towards a draw, Salgaocar snatched the match winner only
a few seconds before the end following a free kick by
defender Robert Fernandes, captain of the team. Francis
Coelho, who had positioned himself inside the box, headed
the ball back and Jules Alberto headed it home to ensure
victory for his team.
JCT keen to avenge defeat
LUDHIANA, Feb 10 JCT Phagwara will go all out to avenge the earlier defeat at the hands of Mahindra and Mhaindra when the two teams clash in the second phase of the National Football League here tomorrow.
It was more than a month back when the two sides had met at Mumbai and Mhaindra and Mahindra had triumphed by a 2-1 margin. However, the scene has changed drastically ever since. While Mahindras have consolidated their position considerably, logging 21 points from five victories and six draws, JCT are virtually breathing down their neck with the same number of points.
Mahindras have tasted success against Dempo (7-1), JCT (2-1), SBT (3-0), BSF (1-0) and East Bengal (1-0). The Mumbai outfit drew with ITI (0-0), Mohun Bagan (1-1), FC Kochin (1-1), Tollygunge (1-1), East Bengal (0-0) and Salgaocar (0-0).
The two defeats for them so far were against Churchill Brothers (0-2) and SBT (0-1).
Mahindras initially made a lacklustre start in the league with a spate of draws and a defeat but on January 2, the teams fortunes witnessed a unique turnaround at Margao. Playing their fifth match against Dempo, Mahindras notched up the biggest 7-1 victory over their rivals. Thereafter, there was no looking back and the team won three matches consecutively. The latest victory was against Calcuttas glamour outfit East Bengal in a home match on February 7.
Mahindras owe their success largely to new Jordanian recruits striker Bassam Khatib and Sameer Jamil, who have made all the difference, Nigerians Bernard and Christopher provide solidity to the defence and international Virender Singh has displayed full alertness under the bar. The midfield is controlled by the veteran Satish Minz, Aqueel Ansari, Khalid Siddique and Shamshi Raza, Mohammed Najib and Abbas Ali Rizvi are the two wingers.
JCT , on the other hand, with 21 points from 13 outings, will have to strive hard to log full points. The Phagwara mill men have so far won five matches while drawing five. The two setbacks were against Salgaocar in the lung opener and Mahindras last month. As in the previous match against FC Kochin, JCT will sorely miss the services of star midfielder Hardip Sangha, who is nursing an injury.
According to coach
Sukhwinder and manager Inder Singh, wing back Prabhjot
Singh is also a doubtful starter tomorrow as he is
running temperature. Nevertheless, JCT will be relying on
stopper backs Deepak Mondal and Daljit, midfielders
Rampal and Hardip Saini and sharp shooter Hardip Gill to
deliver the goods under trying circumstances.
Sewa, Sofyan in title clash
CALCUTTA, Feb 10 (PTI) Local lad Vinod Sewa continued his dream run as he came back from behind to edge past unseeded Kuhar Uros of Slovenia and set up a title clash with fourth seed Hazut Sofyan of Armenia in the ITF Junior World Ranking Tennis Tournament here today.
In the boyss singles semi-finals, Sewa accounted for Uros 1-6 7-6 (8-6) and 6-0 while Sofya outclassed unseeded Raian Luchici of Romania 6-3 6-1.
The girls singles final will see top seed Radhika Tulpule crossing swords with second seed Shuai Peng of China. Tulpule justified her top billing getting past unseeded Nandita Chandrasekhar 6-2 6-2 and Peng disposed of compatriot Xie Yan Ze 1-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-0.
The Sewa-Uros semifinal saw the Slovak making a good start by breaking the title holder four times in the first set. Sewa, who seemed rudderless, managed to break Uros only once in the opener.
In the second set, both players dropped their service games only once and Vinod held his in the 12th to force a tie-breaker. In the tie-breaker, Uros raced to a 4-1 lead, but Sewa displayed strong nerve as he won five straight points to take a 6-4 lead. Uros made it 6-6 as Sewa missed a backhand volley.
Sewa then hit a running backhand down the line passing shot and served out the set 10-8 in the tie-breaker.
A buoyant Sewa grabbed the initiative and broke Uros thrice to win the decider 6-0.
The second semifinal, an all-Chinese affair, saw Xie opening up a 4-0 lead, but dropped her serve in the very next game and then held her serve to win 6-1.
In the second set, Peng raced to a 5-2 lead, but Xie came back to level 6-6 and took the match to a tie-breaker.
Xie raced to a 5-2 lead in the tie-breaker but Apeng won five straight points before winning 10-8.
Peng, like Sewa, did not lose a single game and won the decider 6-0.
Chuni Lal Thakur best skier
MANALI, Feb 10 The overall trophy was won by the Himachal Pradesh Winter Games Association (HPWGA) in the second National Winter Games Championship organised by the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, in collaboration with the Indian Olympic Association and the Winter Games Federation of India at Solang ski slopes, 13 km from here.
Results: Giant slalom (men): Chuni Lal Thakur, HP (A) 1, Nanak Chand, ITBP (A) 2, Hira Lal HP (A) 3; (women): Dicky Dolma; Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali 1, Neha Ahuja (Delhi Ski School Association) 2, Uma Thakur HP (A) 3; Cross country (10 km) (men): Dinesh HP (A) 1, Vijender Singh (ITBP) 2; Karma Samstan Army 3; Slalom (men)- Chuni Lal Thakur, HP (A) 1, Nanak Chand (ITBP), Devi Singh, HP (B)2, Budh Ram, HP (C) 3; Slalom (women): Neha Ahuja (DSA) 1, Uma Thakur HP (A) 2, Dicky Dolma (DMAS) 3;
Cross country x10 km relay (men): Dinesh, Devi Chand, Yog Raj and Dola Ram HP (A) 1, Karma Samstan Chering Namgyal , Uday Singh and Mohan Prasad Limbu Army 2, Vijender Singh, Madho Singh, Bharat Singh and Ganga Ram Thakur (ITBP) 3; 15 km free style (cross country): Vijender Singh (ITBP) 1, Karma Samstan (Army) 2, Dinesh, HP (A) 3.
As many as fifteen teams from all over India participated in the second National Winter Games. Chuni Lal Thakur in alpine race for men, Neha Ahuja, (Das in alpine race for (women) and cross country skier in men, Vijender Singh (ITBP) were declared the best skiers.
Indian men begin campaign on
CHANDIGARH, Feb 10 The forthcoming Thomas Cup and Uber Cup tie qualifying rounds will begin from February 13 to 20 with Indian women playing their first match on February 13 while men start on February 16, according to the Badminton Association of India.
The schedule of matches:
Uber Cup: February 13-Sri Lanka vs Australia and India versus Singapore; February 14 India vs Australia and Singapore vs Sri Lanka; February 15 Australia vs Singapore and India vs Sri Lanka; February 16 Korea vs Thailand, Japan vs qualifiers from group A, Indonesia vs qualifiers group B and Chinese Taipei vs Hong Kong; February 17 Indonesia vs Hong Kong, Korea vs runner-up from group A, Chinese Taipei vs winners group A, Japan vs Thailand; February 18 Chinese Taipei vs Indonesia, Hong Kong vs winner group A, Thailand vs runners-up group A, Korea vs Japan; February 19 winners group Y vs runners-up group X, winner group X vs runners-up group Y; February 20 finals and for third place.
Thomas Cup: February 13 Nepal vs Thailand, Australia vs Zambia, Singapore vs Iran, Mauritius vs Sri Lanka; February 14 Australia vs Iran, Zambia vs Singapore, Mauritius vs Nepal, Thailand vs Sri Lanka; February 15 Thailand vs Mauritius, Sri Lanka vs Nepal, Singapore vs Australia, Zambia vs Iran; February 16 Chinese Taipei vs Hong Kong, India vs Japan, China vs group A winners, Korea vs group B winners; February 17 India vs Korea, China vs Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei vs winners group A, Japan vs winners group B; February 18 Japan vs Korea, Chinese Taipei vs China, Hong Kong vs winners group A, India vs winners group B; February 19 winners from group X vs winners group Y, winners group Y vs runners-up group X; February 20 finals and match for third place.
KU enter quarters
KURUKSHETRA, Feb 10 Hosts Kurukshetra University entered the quarterfinal, beating Dr R.M. Avadh University, Faizabad, 8-0 in the All-India Inter-University Hockey Tournament (women) here today.
Kurukshetra University opened their account in the sixth minute of the match when Sarla converted a the penalty corner. Right out Manju claimed four goals while Ranjna, Shaili and Sarla also struck the board.
Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education, Gwalior, upset Delhi University 1-0. The match was dominated by Delhi university, who got 10 penalty corners but were unable to convert any of them. In the 23rd minute Geeta, centre forward of the Gwalior team, scored the goal.
In another match Barkatullah University, Bhopal, beat Lucknow University in sudden death 9-8. At the end of the match time, they were tied 3-3. In the tie-breaker, both the teams were successful in converting all the five penalty strokes. Kerala University, Trivendrum, beat University of Mumbai 1-0.
Bailey and Surin disappoint
ATHENS, Feb 10 (Reuters) Canadian Olympic 100 metres champion Donovan Bailey was disqualified and his compatriot Bruny Surin came a lowly fourth in the mens 60 metre sprint at the Athens 2000 IAAF international indoor meeting yesterday.
Bailey, trying to make a comeback after two years interrupted by injury, was disqualified after two false starts, while Surin clocked a mediocre 6.55 seconds after a poor start.
Mahilpur lads bag soccer crown
CHANDIGARH, Feb 10 SGGS Khalsa College, Mahilpur bagged the Panjab University Inter-College Football A division (men) championship which concluded at PU grounds here today. Government College, Sector 46 and Guru Nanak College, Moga, secured second and third position, respectively.
Government College, Sector 46, prevailed upon Guru Nanak College, Moga by 8-0.
Mohan scored three goals
while Jatinder struck twice for the winners. SGGS
College, Mahilpur got the better of DAV College,
Hoshiarpur by 1-0. The lone goal was scored by Sukhbir
Singh of Mahilpur college.
Delhi eves win NZ cricket
SANGRUR, Feb 10 Delhi won the North Zone Inter State Womens Cricket Championships which concluded here today. In the last league match today, Delhi defeated Panjab with just two balls to spare. Batting first, Punjab scored 176 runs for eight in 40 overs. Their captain Gulshan scored 91 not out while Anita scored 20 runs.
In reply Delhi made a strong start. They were always in commanding position. They scored the required runs for the loss of three wickets. Rakhi remained not out with 85. Bharti scored 30.
Haryana got the third position defeating Jammu and Kashmir. Batting first, Haryana scored 150 for seven wickets. Bijju and Sunita scored 35 and 29 scores, respectively. Poonam took three wickets. In reply J&K were bundled out for 86. Sukania took four wickets for Haryana.
Chanderkanta, captain of the Indian tean was honoured by the Sangrur Women Cricket Association. She was given cash award, a shawl and a bat.
Atwal takes one-shot lead
CHANDIGARH, Feb 10 Arjun Atwal of India returned a card of seven under par 65 to seize a one-shot lead after the first round of the $ 825,000 Benson and Hedges Malaysian Open at Templer Park Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, according to information available here.
The 26-year-old Atwal, winner of the Indian Open title, had nine birdies and two bogies followed by Chinas Zhang Lian-Wei, who had a round of six under par 66.
Another Indian in the
fray, Jeev Milkha Singh, was at seventh place with four
under par 68. Star attractions from the European Tour,
Retief Goosen of South Africa and Ryder Cup player and
Padraig Harrington of Ireland were also tied for the
seventh place along with Jeev.
Punjab team for national judo
JALANDHAR, Feb 10 The following players have been selected by the Punjab Judo Association for participation in the Senior National Judo Championship to be held from February 13 to 16 at Chandigarh, according to Mr Abjinder Singh, Vice-President of the association.
Team (men): Ajaydhir (56 kg), Litesh Rai (60 kg), Bhupinder Singh (66 kg), Jaipal Singh (73 kg), Pawan (90 kg), Ashwani Kumar (100 kg) and Gaganjit (open).
Women: Narinder Kaur (44
kg), Nimarta (48 kg), Sarabjit Kaur (57 kg), Neelam (63
kg), Sukhjit Kaur (70 kg), Anupam Thakur (78 kg) and
PATIALA, Feb 10 Former Ranji Trophy cricketer S.N. Sharma of State Bank of Patiala has been appointed as the match referee, by the BCCI, for the Ranji Trophy Super League match between Karnataka and Rajasthan at Bangalore from February 16 to 19.
KURUKSHETRA, Feb 10
(FOC) Kurukshetra University (men & women)
teams bagged first and second positions in VIIITH All
India Inter-University Yoga Championship held at Gobind
Ballabh Pant Agriculture and Technical University, Pant
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