|Saturday, April 1, 2000,
beat SA by 16 runs
UP 206 for 3 wkts
SHARJAH, March 31 (PTI) Pakistan batsmen came good with a vengeance and their bowling led by fast bowler Waqar Younis weathered scintillating counterattacks from rival skipper Hansie Cronje and Mark Boucher as they pulled off an exciting 16-run win over South Africa to win the One-Day Cricket Triseries Tournament here tonight.
Electing to bat first after skipper Moin Khan won the toss on a perfect batting track, young openers Imran Nazir (69) and Shahid Afridi (52) set a crackling pace in a 123-run partnership that provided the momentum for Pakistan to hoist 263 for six wickets in 50 overs.
Cronje, searching for his 100th win as captain, took the fight right into the opposition camp with a belligerent 79 off only 73 balls and Boucher revived an almost lost cause with a last-gasp 57 off only 49 balls before South Africa were bowled out for 247 with an over to spare.
Cronje (79 - 73 b, 6x4, 3x6) dominated a 105-run third wicket stand with a sluggish Neil Mckenzie (58 - 107 b, 3x4)-stand-in for the injured opener Gary Kirsten - before Boucher took over into the slog overs, but Pakistan bowlers kept their cool with Younis (4/62) and off-spinner Arshad Khan (3/51) taking the honours.
Waqar donned the role of wrecker in chief with vital strikes into the slog overs, including the wickets of Nicky Boje and big-hiter Lance Klusener for first ball noughts off successive balls in one fiery over after Arshad Khans vital strikes had kept Pakistan missing injured paceman Shoaib Akhtar, in control.
Earlier, openers Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi set a blistering pace with a century partnership as Pakistan raised a solid 263 for six wickets against South Africa in the final of the one-day cricket triseries today.
Teenager Imran Nazir, who top-scored with 69, outpaced the usually explosive Afridi (52) as the two rattled up 123 runs for the opening partnership before seasoned Inzamam-ul Haq (53) weathered an impressive South African fightback to guide Pakistan to a challenging total on a perfect batting track after skipper Moin Khan won a good toss.
The 18-year-old Nazir (90 b, 7x4, 2x6) mixed elegant stroke-play with sheer power as he and Afridi (52 - 48 b, 5x4, 1x6) left the usually brilliant South African bowling and fielding ragged as Pakistan looked set to touch the 300-run mark.
But South Africa fought back by removing both the openers in quick succession to stem the flow of runs before Haq (82 b, 3x4) and Yousuf Youhana build up the innings with a 65-run fourth wicket stand to set South Africa a demanding asking rate of 5.28 to win the tournament.
Lance Klusener applied brakes on the racing innings by striking with his very first delivery when Jacques Kallis took a breathtaking running catch at deep mid-off to dismiss Afridi before off-spinner Derek Crookes had Nazir stumped by Mark Boucher with clever bowling 11 runs later to make it 134 to two after 24 overs.
Nazir and Afridi left South Africa reeling in a whirlwind stand that lasted 21.1 overs. The assault saw pacemen Shaun Pollock and Mornantau Hayward bear the brunt with Jacques Kallis also treated with disdain coming on first change.
The South African pacemen did not cover themselves with glory with poor direction and length, as Nazir set the tone with audacious shots both sides of the wicket.
The latest find for Pakistan survived a close leg before appeal off the very first ball of the innings when umpire Peter Manuel turned down Pollocks vociferous appeal.
Three balls later, he was stranded at mid pitch going for a suicidal run as Crookes made a superb stop at extra cover, but his throw was too wide to help the batsman scramble back.
Nazir gained full command from then on as he hoisted Pollock straight for his first six and hit Crookes over long on soon after reaching his fifty, well ahead of Afridi.
Afridi also completed a rapidfire 12th fifty before he fell to Lance Kluseners first delivery thanks to an out of the world catch by Kallis. The fielder sprinted back from mid-off, dived and completed the catch to his right with an attempt that left the packed crowd spellbound.
The dismissals reduced the scoring rate and Younis Khan (4) also fell to Klusener soon after, but Haq along with Youhana (26-45 balls) and Abdur Razzaq who made 28 not out off only 21 balls providing the late acceleration carried the innings till the very end.
Klusener returned excellent figures of 2 for 27 off 10 overs while Kallis, who removed Youhana and Moin Khan (2) in quick succession, made a good comeback after early punishment to finish with 2 for 57 from his full quota.
I Nazir st Boucher b Crookes 69
S Afridi c Kallis b Klusener 52
Y Khan lbw b Klusener 4
Inzamam-ul Haq b Pollock 53
Y Youhana c Cronje b Kallis 26
M Khan lbw b Kallis 2
A Razzaq not out 28
W Akram not out 5
Extras (lb-10, w-10, nb-4) 24
Total (for 6 wkts, in 50 overs) 263
Fall of wickets: 1-123, 2-135, 3-139, 4-204, 5-209, 6-256
Bowling: Pollock 10-1-54-1, Hayward 9-0-52-0, Kallis 10-0-57-2, Elworthy 3-0-21-0, Klusener 10-1-27-2, Crookes 5-0-20-1, Cronje 3-0-22-0.
H Gibbs c Haq b W Akram 5
N McKenzie c M
Akram b A Khan 58
J Kallis c M Khan b M Akram 11
H Cronje c Y Khan b A Khan 79
D Crookes b A Khan 1
M Boucher b Younis 57
N Boje c M K b Younis 0
L Klusener b Younis 0
S Pollock b Younis 14
S Elworthy not out 5
M Hayward b Razzaq 4
Extras (1b-6, w-4, nb-3) 13
Total (all out in 49 overs) 247
Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-30, 3-135, 4-137, 5-198, 6-199, 7-199, 8-224, 9-231.
TEHRAN, March 31 (PTI) Child prodigies Abhinav Mekala and V K Sindhu ensured two gold medals while three more youngsters kept India in line for glory at the Asian Youth Chess Championship here last evening.
Abhinav used four knights opening with white pieces against Sadeh-Sh (4) and convincingly beat the Iranian to take his tally to seven points - two clear of second-placed players in the boys under-10 section.
In second place are Irans H Tofighi and U Azamatkozuba of Kazakhstan with five points each and only two rounds to go.
In the girls under-10 section, Sindhu assured herself of gold with an upset win over B Jing (5.5) of China in Reti opening with white pieces.
Sindhu is 1.5 points ahead of Jing and needs only a draw from two rounds to emerge the youngest girls champion in Asia.
While two of the youngest from the Indian contingent were on a high, Abhijeet Gupta (boys U -12); P Harikrishna (boys U-14) and Tania Sachdev (girls U-14) continued to lead in their respective sections.
Abhijeet (5.5) drew with compatriot G Rohit (4.5) to be sole leader in his age group. Close on heels was R Ozhumabaev of Kazakhstan with 5 points. The Kazakh drew his seventh round game with J Maroofi (5).
Reigning Asian under-14 boys champion Harikrishna (6.5) outsmarted S J Alavimoghadam of Iran in Sicilian irregular with white pieces to be lone contender at the top of his section.
KINGSTON, March 31 (AFP) West Indies and Zimbabwe are pre-occupied with a few fitness worries prior to the opening matches in the Caribbeans first triangular limited-overs series to be contested at Sabina Park tomorrow and on Sunday.
West Indies left-hand batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and fast bowler Reon King, along with Zimbabwe vice-captain Heath Streak are all under observation by their team officials for one complaint or another. While the news on King and Streak, both hindered by back strains over the last few days was encouraging, things were not looking too bright for Chanderpaul.
The medical condition with Chanderpaul has not yet been determined, but he complained of fatigue after play on Monday, Ricky Skerritt, the West Indies manager, said.
A decision will be made on him... but he is not attending the teams training, is definitely not 100 per cent fit and is very doubtful for the weekend.
Chanderpaul saw an internal medicine specialist yesterday and until his status is certain, fellow left-hander Adrian Griffith, who had been omitted from the limited-overs squad, has been asked to remain in Jamaica.
Skerritt was almost certain King would play in the back-to -back matches. Reon has been essentially declared fit and is training with the team right now, he asserted.
Andy Flower, the Zimbabwe captain, expressed similar confidence about Streak, whose only contribution in the second Test was a brief knock of two in the first innings before he pulled out with back spasms.
He has had a long rest and his spasms have eased, Flower remarked. There is a very strong possibility that he will be ready for Saturday. Though the 2-0 series result for the West Indies suggests they completely outplayed Zimbabwe, this was far from the truth.
It was very competitive and experience was the only thing standing between the two sides. Both Flower and the West Indies captain Jimmy Adams are expecting two keenly-contested matches over the weekend to open the series which also involves the unpredictable Pakistanis.
Zimbabwe, who have never beaten the West Indies in an international match, will be hoping to rebound from the Test series defeat in the form of the game which they have gained some measure of success.
Last time I looked at our statistics, we had won about 26 per cent of our matches which is not a great record, noted Flower.
As a young cricket nation, I think its good and we have had some really good wins in the past. We have never won a limited-overs competition against the major nations and we will obviously love to do that at some stage.
Zimbabwe reached the Super Sixes stage of last years World Cup in England and only once have they reached the final of an international limited-overs competition involving the major nations.
We have set ourselves the goal of reaching the final of this competition and hopefully go on to win it, Flower said. It will be very important for our country and our cricket if we do it.
Gary Brent, Guy Whittall and Dirk Viljoen have replaced Bryan Strang, Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Trevor Gripper in Zimbabwes 16-member limited-overs squad.
On the basis of their Test series win, along with their proud record against Zimbabwe and at home, the West Indies will start favourites in the series. Adams will not be excepting complacency from his side though.
We have a triangular series with three international teams desperate for wins and that is a recipe for some very good, exciting cricket, so there will be no easing up on our part, he commented.
Adams wants to see his side become more consistent in the limited-overs game after a few lukewarm performances in recent times.
We can put it all
under the same umbrella as we did with the longer version
of the game. We need to become more consistent in this
form of the game because there is too much at stake as we
found out in the World Cup last year. So we need to step
up and improve in a lot of areas.
CHENNAI, March 31 (UNI) A brilliant unbeaten 155 by left hander S. Sriram guided Tamil Nadu to a slender 88 runs first innings lead as the host were 346 for five in their first innings at stumps on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal against Punjab at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here today.
Resuming at the overnight score of 40 without loss after bowling out Punjab for 258, Sriram stroking the ball with aplomb especially in front of the wicket passed into history books achieving the land mark of scoring 1000 runs in a season during his 462 minute stay facing 258 balls and hitting 20 fours. Sriram emulated his former Tamil Nadu colleague W.V. Raman who had scored 1036 runs in a season, aggregating 1042.
As the Punjab bowlers, including star off spinner Harbhajan Singh, failed to achieve any breakthrough after Srirams opening partner, left hander Sadagopan Ramesh fell in the fifth over on the second days play for 18 (53 mnts, two fours), Sriram with another left hander Hemang Badani wrested the initiative from Punjab with a stand of 150 for the second wicket in 44.2 overs after surviving a sharp run out chance at 38 when Punjab medium pacer R.S. Sodhi broke the stumps as Sriram set out for a run after playing him on the off side. But the umpire gave the benefit of doubt to Sriram even as the Punjab players thought that Sriram failed to regain ground.
Tamil Nadu went into lunch at 148 for 1 in 40 overs and to tea at 232 for 2 in 66 overs. In the interim Hemand Badanis fine knock after surviving a chance at 13, ended when he was caught by skipper Vikram Rathore.
Punjab (first innings) 258.
Tamil Nadu (first innings), S Sriram (batting) 155, S Ramesh c Jugnu b R.P. Singh 18, Hemang Badani c Rathore b Sarandip Singh 70, Madanagopal c Rathore b Yovraj Singh 35, S. Sharath c Rathore b Harbhajan Singh 33, Aashish Kapoor (run out) 5, T. Kumaran (batting) 4, Extras (b 6,lb 2, w 1, nb 17 ) 26,
Total (for 5 wkts) 346 in 462 mnts 99 overs.
Fall of wkts: 1-47, 2-197, 3-251, 4-330, 5-338.
BRUSSELS, March 31 (Reuters) The Belgian authorities preparing for this summers Euro 2000 finals are viewing Wednesday nights game between the co-hosts as evidence of the success of their security procedures.
The police made 50 arrests before, during and after the 2-2 draw against the Netherlands in Brussels. But most were for illegal ticket sales, theft and drug abuse. Thirteen Dutch fans were detained after damaging a car in Brussels main grand place.
At a similar match a few years ago we would have routinely arrested five or six hundred fans, said Francois-Xavier de Donnea, the Mayor of Brussels.
Around 1,000 police, 1,300 gendarmes and 700 stewards were on duty in Brussels, which will host five of the Euro 2000 matches, including the opening game and a semifinal.
The uniformed presence, under orders to intervene at the slightest sign of trouble, was backed up by police in plain clothes, spotters on the lookout for known hooligans, and teams of fan coaches.
The fans were also monitored on the citys elaborate close-circuit television system as well as by helicopters churning non-stop above the city.
We will have our eyes and ears everywhere, said De Donnea, looking ahead to the summer.
The officials insist that unruly fans hellbent on causing mayhem will be severely dealt with through heavy policing and special powers of arrest and on-the-spot justice granted to local authorities.
Outlining Belgiums policy of prevention, Interior Minister Antoine Duquesne said the government had approved an integrated approach to tracking and monitoring the million-plus supporters expected to travel to Belgium and the Netherlands.
Mr Duquesne said Belgium was investing $ 1.28 million in their Euro 2000 prevention plan, with the money spread mainly between Belgiums four host cities the capital, Bruges, Liege and Charleroi.
Half a million pamphlets, giving background information on where to eat and stay, useful telephone numbers and cultural pointers will be distributed to fans during the tournament.
Mr Duquesnes message on building a strong rapport between visiting fans and local communities was as much to appease fearful locals as to try and entice notorious English or German thugs to an evening of gourmet cooking in Charleroi.
A happy fan is not a troublemaker, he said.
On the issue of alcohol sales, never far from the scene of past soccer violence, he said he preferred watering down beer rather than banning it.
The government was also recommending selling beer in plastic cups to reduce the potential for ugly skirmishes where bottle throwing added to the risk of serious injury.
The organisers will also stamp down hard on any signs of ultra-nationalism and racism.
HAMILTON, March 31 (AFP) Australias Brett Lee claimed his second five-wicket haul in his meteoric Test career to help bowl New Zealand out for 232 on the opening day of the third and final Test here today.
The tearaway strike bowler fought back from a 17-run mauling by Chris Cairns in one over to finish with five for 77 off 23 overs, the most used of the Australian bowlers.
At stumps, New Zealand got an early breakthrough when Matthew Hayden, resurrected to the openers position at the expense of Greg Blewett after a three-year gap, was out for two in the five overs Australia had to survive in the twilight.
At close, Australia were four for one with Michael Slater on two and nightwatchman Shane Warne yet to score.
Lee has been a revelation since breaking into the team for the second Boxing Day Test against India in Melbourne and halfway through his fifth Test has taken 28 wickets.
Along with Pakistans Shoaib Akhtar, Lee is rated the fastest bowler in world cricket.
The young New South Welshmen bowled with plenty of fire and enthusiasm in hot conditions to back up captain Steve Waughs faith in him and fought back from a four-boundary mauling by Cairns, to gain revenge by dismissing the prodigious-hitting Kiwi for his fifth wicket.
Lee had rocked the Kiwi top order claiming Mathew Sinclair (19), Nathan Astle (0), Stephen Fleming (30) and top-scorer Craig McMillan (79).
Australias premier pace bowler Glenn McGrath grabbed four for 58 off 21.5 overs to take his career Test wicket haul to 286.
Once again New Zealands top order let down the side, after being sent into bat, with the Kiwis teetering at 53 for four after the opening 90 minutes.
In Auckland, New Zealand were 80 for five and 121 for five and in the second Wellington Test the Kiwis were 66 for five and 88 for five.
On all occasions, except in the first innings of the opening Test, New Zealands tail have recovered the innings.
New Zealand (1st innings):
Horne c Gilchrist b McGrath 12
Spearman c Gilchrist b McGrath 12
Sinclair c Warne b Lee 19
Fleming lbw b Lee 30
Astle lbw b Lee 0
McMillan c Gilchrist b Lee 79
Cairns c Martyn b Lee 37
Parore not out 12
Wiseman b Warne 1
Tuffey c Gilchrist b McGrath 3
OConnor c Gilchrist b McGrath 0
Extras (b-5, lb-7, nb-13, w-2) 27.
Total (all out in 82.5 overs) 232.
Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-42, 3-53, 4-53, 5-131, 6-208, 7-212, 8-224, 9-227, 10-232.
Bowling: McGrath 21.5-8-58-4; Lee 23-8-77-5; Warne 20-5-45-1; Miller 11-4-28-0; Martyn 7-4-12-0.
Australia (1st innings):
Hayden c Parore b OConnor 2
Slater not out 2
Warne not out 0
Total (for 1 wicket in 5 overs) 4
Fall of wicket: 1-3.
KANPUR, March 31 (UNI) Patient unbeaten 66 by Mohammad Kaif and Jyoti Yadavs knock of 61 enabled hosts Uttar Pradesh to post 206 runs for three wickets after restricting Hyderabads first innings at 291 runs on the second day of the Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match at the Green Park Stadium here today.
The host team, who bowled accurately and fielded tightly against the two time champions also displayed aggressive mood in batting with their batsmen showing determination to take an early lead in the five day encounter. Against this, the Hyderabadis, after their dismal batting could not show their element even in bowling.
A 69-run first wicket stand and subsequent 50 and 52 runs second and third wicket partnerships gave UP a solid base for a huge score.
Debutant medium pacer Ratnesh Misra (4 for 30) was the most devastating bowler for UP.
Hyderabad (first innings):
Nandkishore c Mohmmad Kaif b AW Zaidi 3, Daniel Manohar c Jyoti Yadav b Ratnesh 28, VVS Laxman b AW Zaidi 128, Vanka Pratap lbw Salabh Srivastava 21, D. Vinaykumar b Mohammad Kaif 24, Partha Satvalkar b Gyanendra Pandey 10, Arjun Yadav lbw Ratnesh 13, Riyaz Sheikh lbw Ratnesh 3, Venkatpati Raju b Ratnesh 4, N.P. Singh b AW Zaidi 29, Kanwaljit Singh not out 11.
Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-36, 3-92, 4-163, 5-178, 6-219, 7-225, 8-239, 9-268, 10-291.
Bowling: AW Zaidi 28.5-8-70-3; Salabh Srivastava 19-3-66-1; Ratnesh Misra 16-6-30-4; Musi Raza 8-2-24-0; Gyanendra Pandey 24-7-56-1; Mohammad Kaif 7-0-28-1
Uttar Pradesh (first innings):
Mohammad Saif lbw Vanka Pratap 18, Jyoti Yadav lbw Kanwaljit 61, Mohammad Kaif batting 66, Rizwan Shamshad Kanwaljit 27, Gyanendra Pandey batting 18, Extras: 15,
Total: 206 for 3 wickets.
Fall of wickets: 1-69, 2-119, 3-171.
SHARJAH, March 31 (PTI) Sachin Tendulkar has said being captain of the Indian cricket team affected him as a person and that the entire issue was a closed chapter.
The pressures of captaincy did not affect him as a batsman, but it did as a person, the master batsman, who has had a poor run in the ongoing one-day cricket triseries scoring just 65 runs from four innings, has been quoted as saying in the Gulf News daily. I felt I was not being myself and it was a gradual process. It reached a point when I realised I am not being myself, Tendulkar, who announced his resignation as captain after the debacle in the Australian tour, said.
But the worlds best batsman said it was important for him to be himself. I have to be myself. I cannot bog down to x, y and z reasons, the paper quoted him as saying.
Tendulkar had a poor run
in his second stint as captain, losing 0-3 to Australia
in Tests and seven out of eight games in the triseries
that followed. Back home, Tendulkar lost the two test
series against South Africa 0-2, the first time India has
lost a Test series at home in 13 years.
MIAMI, March 31 (DPA) Court-smart veteran Pete Sampras tamed a young gun of tennis beating Ecuadors Nicolas Lapentti 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to move into the semifinals of the $ 5.72 million Masters Series.
Sampras (28) and a six-time year-end world No 1, is now picking his shots, aiming to prolong his record-breaking career.
Being No 1 put a lot of stress of me, said the second seed, I want to play this game for as long as I can and I wont play all of the (nine Masters) tournaments.
The American notched his second victory against the 23-year-old ninth-seeded South American yesterday as he won his 38th career match here over 12 consecutive appearances for a sixth semifinal.
Sampras worked his big serve to perfection against Lepentti as both men battled in hot conditions reaching 30 centigrade.
clinches golf title
CHANDIGARH, March 31 Parnita Garewal finally made it. She hung on to her overnight lead to clinch the title in the eighth Chandigarh Open Amateur Ladies Spice Golf Championship here today.
Irina Brar made a strong bid to overtake the leader and was just a stroke behind till the 14th hole. But then she faltered in the last four holes to finish second. Shruti Khanna of Delhi slid to third spot as her putter failed her completely.
Parnita started poorly making four bogeys in the front nine and Irina looked set to upset her applecart. She shot ahead with a birdie on the fifth with Parnita bogeying the same. Irina led till the ninth where she bunkered her approach shot. Irina birdied the 12th to move into the lead again. She maintained the lead but Parnita drew level at the 15th hole. Then disaster struck Irina: first it was an unlucky shot into the fairway tree on the 16th; this was followed by a troubled shot into the rough. Irina could still have held out the poor conditions took their toll. She dropped two shots while Parnita returned a birdie.
The match was all but over when Parnita caused a flutter by missing a Virtual tap-in putt on the 17th for a bogey. With two shots separating them only a miracle could have changed the scenario and for a moment it looked as it might happen with Parnita pulling her drive into the trees on the left. As Irina lay on the green for a possible birdie putt, Parnita played a safe shot into the fairway and then executed an expert chip for a tap-in putt for a par and the tournament.Shruti Khanna trailing all the while with a poor 6 over in the front nine played an excellent one over coming home, but in vain.
In the Silver Division overnight leader Rohini Majithia also clung on to her lead and finished a stroke ahead of dark horse Rana Alam who played a phenomenal round of 10 under 62 (net) which gave her uncontested claim to the Spice Challenge Trophy.
In the bronze division Neelu Chopra romped home to a comfortable win over young Mina Johl for the Meters and Instruments Trophy the Rani Jagdish Kaur Cup was claimed by Pikka P Singh, who played a nett 68 today.
Taran Simran Singh, mother of professional Amritinder Singh, finally prevailed in the Lady Governors Cup over Gurbrinder Johl.
The Juniors (under 21) Trophy was claimed by Parnita Garewal with Irina Brar as runner-up. In the subjunior (under-15) Sonavi Chopra beat Neha Majithia, who after playing a fantastic three over front nine failed to convert her advantage into victory, dropping 14 shots in the back nine.
Grewal Salver (0-12) gross: Parnita Garewal (224), Irina Brar (227).
SPICE Challenge Cup (0-36) nett: Rana Alam (202), Mina Johl (209). Bawa Gill Trophy (13-24) gross: Rohini Majithia (267), Rana Alam (268). Meters and Instruments Trophy (25-36) gross: Neelu Chopra (289) Mina Johl (293). Chandigarh Ladies Challenge (0-12) nett: Shruti Khanna (214), Guneet Raikhy (226).
Rani Jagdish Kaur Cup (13 to 24) nett: Pikka P. Singh (213), Binny Bath (217).
Ell Ess Trophy (25 to 36) nett: Nirmal Milkha (212), Harsharn Singh (214).
Lady Governers Cup senior ladies (gross) Taran S. Singh (275) (gross), Nirmal Singh (212) (nett).
Juniors (below 21 yrs): Parnita Garewal (224- gross) Mina Johl (209 - nett). Sub Juniors (below 15 yrs): Sonavi Chopra (278 - gross) Mina Johl (198). Best gross score of the day: Parnita Garewal (76). Best nett score of the day: Rana Alam (62).
MIAMI, March 31 (AFP) Americas 12-time Grand Slam winner Pete Sampras has said he was prepared to play both the singles and the doubles in his Davis Cup comeback in their quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic from April 7 to 9 in Los Angeles.Jared Palmer and Alex O Brien, winners in the first Masters Series doubles tournament in Indian Wells, were selected alongside Andre Agassi and Sampras by non-playing captain John McEnroe. Sampras, who pulled out of the first round match with Zimbabwe citing injury problems, believed just because they won in Indian Wells did not necessarily mean they should play against the Czechs.They won the event in Indian Wells.
The chemistry is there,
but Davis Cup is a completely different arena,
Sampras said.Jared (Palmer) has never played. Alex
(O Brien) did. Its something we ll work
out through the week.Sampras does not believe that
McEnroe, now 41 and with whom he won the Davis Cup title
in 1992, is seriously considering playing in a Davis Cup
doubles.Its something he just likes saying.
John (McEnroe) has certainly been a great Davis Cup
player. I dont think realistically he ever thought
he would play.
centre trials on April 6, 7
Chandigarh, March 31 Selection trials for admission to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) training centres at Dharamsala and Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh for the year 2000-2001 will be conducted at the SAI Training Centre at Dharamsala on April 6 and 7, according to information available here.
Facilities for training in athletics, basketball, judo, hockey and volleyball (all for girls) exist at the Dharamsala centre while at the Bilaspur centre there are training facilities for athletics and volleyball only for boys.
Medal winners in various state/national sub-junior and junior competitions in the age group of 14 to 19 years will be preferred for the two centres, according to SAI authorities.
The selected sports boys and girls will be provided free board and lodging, sports kits, training and competition exposure as also medical and accidental insurance facilities while they are trainees at the two centres.
Interested and eligible
candidates should report along with two passport sized
photographs and original certificates in sports along
with authentic date of birth certificates to the
assistant director at the Dharamsala centre on the
morning of April 6.
CHALAKUDY (Thrissur), March 31 (PTI) Delhi held Orissa to a goal-less draw and split points in a cluster-VII tie in the Santosh Trophy National Football Championship here today.
With this match, Orissa, who had three points from their win over Chandigarh, have garnered four points from as many matches in this three-team league, while Delhi have one point.
In their last match Delhi will take on Chandigarh on April 2, and will have to score at least a 2-0 win to qualify for the pre-quarter finals.
Delhi and Orissa both had equal number of chances, but their frontmen missed easy chances at crucial junctures.
It was evenly contested in the first half. However, Orissa enjoyed a slight upper hand in the second session. With a bit of luck Orissa could have walked away with the match, but for the brilliant effort by Delhis stopper-back Ravinder Singh, who was outstanding. Once he dived full length forward and managed to deflect a sure looking goal much to the relief of his team.
NEW DELHI, March 31 (UNI) National champion Sunil Kumar (Chandigarh) has been selected in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior team which will play in various tournaments in Europe from May 14 to June 17.
This project is being financed by the ITF Grand Slam Development Fund.
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