|Monday, April 24, 2000,
Get tough with Cronje:
Pierce, Arantxa enter
Sports on Concurrent List planned
Parveen, Chander Paul record wins
Pawar should play for India:
Karnataka, Punjab in final
Maharashtra lift Santosh Trophy
Feroz leads team to victory
MUMBAI, April 23 (PTI) Diminutive left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar emerged with a career-best haul of seven for 103 as Mumbai drubbed Hyderabad by 297 runs, with more than two sessions to spare, and regained the Ranji Trophy after a two-year gap on the fifth and final day of the title-clash here today.Pawar grabbed Hyderabads last three wickets for only seven runs in just 26 balls this morning to help the hosts wrap up victory in just over half an hour after the visitors resumed at their overnight second innings total of 251 for seven chasing an imposing 591.
Hyderabad were shot out for 293 off the second ball of the ninth over this morning as Mumbai clinched their 34th title in the national championship in 38 entries into the summit clash. They had last won the title in 1996-97 by defeating Delhi in a day/night final at Gwalior.
The 21-year-old Pawar, who represented India in the junior World Cup in South Africa four years ago, finished with a superb match-haul of 10 for 147, his second haul of 10 or more wickets in the tournament - both coming this season - and took his seasons tally to 44 wickets in nine matches.
Pawars earlier best innings figures came in the zonal league tie against arch-rivals Maharashtra when he took six for 19 in the first innings before finishing with match figures of 11 for 63.
Today, he first sent back overnight unbeaten batsman Fiaz Ahmed, not out on 11 last evening, for 21 in his second over of the day and then got rid off Venkatapathy Raju and Narendra Pal Singh in his next two overs to seal a memorable win for Mumbai.
Fiaz Ahmed, after adding 10 runs to his last evenings score, was deceived in the air by Pawar who held back the ball, in the third over of the morning.
The checked drive spooned into a catch to mid-on fielder Amit Dani, substituting for injured wicket-keeper and Mumbai captain Sameer Dighe who was hurt yesterday while keeping wickets to the left-arm spinner.
Raju, not out on zero overnight, was caught by Sachin Tendulkar at slip off Pawar as he went for a cut. Sachin was in action again pouncing upon Narendra Pal Singhs edged heave in the second attempt at the same position in the next over off Pawar to complete the victory.
Pawar had superb morning figures of 4.2-1-7-3 as Hyderabad lost their last three wickets for the addition of 42 runs in 8.2 overs in 33 minutes play today.
It was Hyderabads ninth encounter against Mumbai and the latter have come out trumps on all occasions, with seven outright wins to boot.
Mumbai made 376 in the first essay, after Hyderabad captain Mohammad Azharuddin chose to field first on winning the toss, and then bundled out the visitors for 195 to take a 181-run lead.
The home team smashed the visitors attack with gusto in the second essay to end up with 409 and virtually put the match beyond Hyderabads reach by setting the target of 591.
There was little in the
Hyderabad run-chase except for the 188-run stand for the
second wicket between VVS Laxman, who made a fine 111,
and left-handed opener Daniel Manohar (71). Ajit Agarkar
claimed three wickets for 46 runs to play an ideal
supporting role to Pawar.
JOHANNESBURG, April 23 (PTI) The South African media has suggested firm steps to stamp out the betting and match-fixing scourge and suggested that even a life ban on sacked skipper Hansie Cronje would not be improper if he was found guilty and that the upcoming judicial probe should be a thorough affair. The Sunday Independent of Johannesburg, in a column on the Cronje episode said an attempt had to be made to halt crickets slide into the abyss and that Cronjes admission he took money from an Indian bookie only for forecasting and information cannot be the precedent set by Australian stars Shane Warne and Mark Waugh in 1995.
It must stop here and if that entails a lifetime ban for Cronje, so be it. The International Cricket Council (ICC), the UCB (South African board) and South Africas cricket fans must find that moral high ground to save to soul of sport, the columnist wrote.
A fortnight after Cronje and four team-mates were named by the Delhi police in the sensational case, papers continued to be dominated by reports on the raging issue.
Some of the headlines in the Sunday papers read: Its time for a new Immorality Act in South Africa, The truth, the whole truth and anything but the truth and Fixing has a history as long and colourful as cricket itself.
The Sunday Independent, in another column, demanded drastic action and wanted the judicial inquiry to be a thorough affair which did not meet the same fate as the probes conducted in Australia and Pakistan.
Both Warne and Waugh were let off by the Australian board with fines after admitting to receiving money from an Indian bookie in 1995 for providing forecast and pitch information, the incident itself becoming public only three years later.
The issue now is how the UCB and the ministries of justice and sport deal with the commission of inquiry. It will hopefully draw important lessons from the failing of similar inquiries both in Australia and Pakistan in recent years.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, April 23 (AFP) Slow bowlers Jimmy Adams and Chris Gayle shared five wickets to carry the West Indies to a series-levelling 60-run triumph over Pakistan at Queens Park Oval in the second final of three in the 2000 Trophy limited-overs cricket series.
Adams, the West Indies captain, captured three wickets for 21 runs from 10-overs with his modest left-arm slow bowling and Gayle took two for 28 from 10 as Pakistan collapsed to 148 all out in 45 overs to help the West Indies tie the best-of-three finals 1-1 yesterday.
Earlier, Sherwin Campbell, later named man-of-the-match for the second time in the series, gathered the top score of 77 off 127 balls to lead the West Indies to what appeared to be an inadequate 208 for eight off 50 overs.
The West Indies bowlers, however, made sure it was more than enough and Pakistan subsided to their 10th defeat in 14 matches when batting second since the World Cup last year.
The result ensured the final match will hold more than academic interest. Once more the toss could be vital, since the strength of both side lie in their bowling and they both prefer to bowl second as the West Indies proved yesterday.
Opening batsmen Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi gave Pakistan their best start in four matches against the West Indies in the series when they added 34 before Nixon McLean broke through in the eighth over.
Afridi, who hit four boundaries in 21 off 28 balls, edged a loose drive on a ball outside off-stump from McLean to the wicketkeeper to leave Nazir and Younis Khan to bat for 8.1 overs to add a further 38.
Trying to free himself, Nazir hit across a well-pitched delivery from McLean to be adjudged lbw for 22 in the 16th over to leave Pakistan 72 for two.
Adams brought back Reon King for a second spell in place of McLean, whose two wickets cost 29 runs in five overs.
The change had the desired effect as King had both Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistans leading batsman in the series with 256 runs, and Yousuf Youhana adjudged lbw with successive balls in the 18th over.
Pakistan were 79 for four and with Inzamam out of the way, it was always going to be an uphill task for Pakistan to reach the magic number. Adams and Gayle shared five of the last six Pakistan wickets which tumbled for 69 in the space of 27 overs.
Wasim Akram had taken three for 34 from 10 and inspired his support staff to bowl economically to help Pakistan restrict the West Indies. Opening batsman Sherwin Campbell batted all but four overs to anchor the innings for the West Indies, who once more found it hard getting away the Pakistan bowlers.
HILTON HEAD, April 23 (AFP) For the second time in a month, Monica Seles had to answer why she had no answers for her opponent. After suffering the most embarrassing loss of her career three weeks ago in Miami, Seles put forth another humiliating performance here yesterday, falling to Frances Mary Pierce 6-1, 6-1 in a semifinal of the WTA Family Circle Cup.
Top seed Pierce, who has not dropped a set en route to her first final of the season, will battle former champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain in todays final at the $ 1.08 million clay court event.
Fourth seed Sanchez beat Conchita Martinez 7-5, 7-5 in an all-Spanish matchup in the other semifinal.
Seles, the third seed, had won eight matches in a row and a title last week in Amelia Island, Florida.
But Seles committed 14 unforced errors and five double-faults and lost her serve five times in the 44-minute loss to Pierce, who continued an impressive tuneup on her way to next months French Open. She had 25 winners to 10 for Seles and Pierce made only two unforced errors.
Pierce, (25) won for only the third time in eight meetings with Seles and will seek her 14th career title today.
Sanchez is playing in
her record 14th consecutive cup. She also reached the
final in 1993. Sanchez is playing in only her fifth event
of 2000 after undergoing throat surgery in February. The
28-year-old won her only title last season on clay in
Cairo, Egypt and will vie for the 28th career singles
NEW DELHI, April 23 (PTI) Inclusion of sports in the Concurrent List of the Constitution is being planned by the government.
The draft National Sports Policy (NSP) for 2000, which will be considered at a high-level meeting here next week, states that the question of inclusion of sports in the the Concurrent List of the the Constitution and introduction of appropriate legislation for guiding matters involving national and inter-state jurisdiction will be pursued.
Realising that there was a need to reformulate the policy even as the NSP 1984 encompassed various facets of encouraging sports in the country, it said that the implementation of the same was not complete and left much to be desired. NSP-2000 is expected to spell out the specific measures required to be taken by the various agencies concerned with promoting sports.
With Indias performance in disciplines likes hockey, shooting, tennis and weightlifting providing a flicker of hope for the fans for the September Sydney Olympic Games, the draft NSP-2000 to be discussed in the April 28 meeting between the Sports Minister, officials of the Indian Olympic Association and all the National Sports Federations (NSFs) aims to meet the twin objective of broadbasing and achieving excellence in sports.
The draft policy says sports and physical education would be integrated more effectively with the education curriculum and while the broad-basing of sports will primarily remain a responsibility of the state governments, the Union Government will actively supplement their efforts in this direction and for tapping the latent talent, including in the rural and tribal areas.
A national fitness programme would be introduced in all schools in the country whereas steps will be initiated to augument the availability of infrastructure, including play fields, sports equipment, and action will be taken to provide training to selected physical education teachers.
The availability of adequate sports facilities throughout the country is basic to the development and broad-basing of sports, it says.
In addition to the Union and state governments, the sustained involvement of other agencies, including the Panchayati Raj institutions, local bodies, educational institutions, sports associations and federations in creation and proper maintenance of the sports infrastructure would be ensured.
The policy also emphasises that the Indian Olympic Association and the various sports federations will need to demonstrate orientation towards the achievement of results and ensure tangible progress in the field of sports, keeping which in view model bye-laws and organisational structures may be formulated for the National Sports Federations (NSFs).
The draft NSP-2000 says the matter relating to exemption from sales tax for sports goods and of free movement of raw materials and finished sports goods in the country would be pursued with the state governments.
The policy recognises that the standards of coaching and scientific back up in the country and those pertaining to umpires, judges and referees needs to be upgraded and says that concerted steps will be taken to train coaches, sports scientists, judges, referees and umpires in line with the international standards.
Admitting that insufficient financial resources have been a major constraint in promoting sports in the country, the policy says while the Union and state governments would need to arrange higher budgetary provisions, special efforts are equally called for to mobilise corporate funds for the development of sports.
Accordingly, corporate houses would be approached and encouraged to adopt and support particular disciplines (as well as sports persons) in the longer term, for this purpose, it adds.
The government and other
agencies concerned have to work together harmoniously and
in a coordinated manner to fulfil the objectives of the
NSP-2000, it says and adds that it would be reviewed,
periodically, in order to incorporate changes and
modifications which may be necessitated by technological
and other advancements in the field of sports.
HONG KONG, April 23 (DPA) Boxing legend Muhammad Alis daughter Laila defeated her opponent in her first fight in China, a report said today.
The referee had to stop the fight 37 seconds into the fourth and final round and declared Ali as the winner after Kristina Kings face was wet with blood, the South China Morning Post reported. I did this for dad, Laila said.
I know the attention I get is because of my father. That keeps me going because I want to prove I can live up to it. I did it good. Im happy with my performance.
About 3,000 spectators cheered Ali at Guangzhous Tianhe stadium with a capacity of 10,000 seats. The organisers blamed the rain and the Chinese mainlanders lack of knowledge about boxing for the low turnout.
But some in the crowd
said it was the expensive pricing of tickets which drove
potential spectators away. The cheapest tickets were 288
yuan (270 Hong Kong dollars), while the best ones cost
990 yuan which counts for nearly one-third of the average
monthly salary in Guangzhou.
Chander Paul record wins
ROPAR, April 23 Delhi wrestler Parveen, defeated UP wrestler, Satish, and Haryana wrestler, Chander Paul beat HP wrestler Devinder, in+85 kg free style (boys) semifinals while in the 46 kg Greeco Roman style (boys) semifinals Aditya Rajkawar (MP) defeated Laxmi Narayan (Haryana) and Santosh Singh (Punjab) beat Parveen (Delhi) in the Sub-Junior National Wrestling Championship for boys and girls at Anandpur Sahib today.
The following are the results:
Freestyle (boys):- 42 kg Shri Dayal (MP) b Vikas (Pb) on pts. 50 kg Sunil (Haryana b Vijay (Delhi) on pts. 58 kg as Sandeep (Delhi) b Lakhu Singh (Rajasthan) on pts. 69 kg Devender (Delhi) b Bijinder (HP) on pts. 85 kg Pawan (Chd) b Naginder (UP) on pts.
Semifinals:- 63 kg Niranjan (MP) b Heera Singh (Pb) on pts; Brij Pal (West Bengal)b Rajinder (Delhi) by fall. +85 kg Parveen (Delhi) b Satish (UP) on pts; Chander Paul (Har) b Devender (HP) on pts.
Greco Roman (boys): 42 kg Sukhraj (Rajasthan) b Sanjay (MP) on pts. 58 kg Vinod Kumar (Chd) b Kapil (Orissa) on pts. 69 kg Vikram Sharma (Pb) b Arvind Kumar (UP) on pts. 85 kg Deelip Bharne (Maharashtra) b Udey Partap (UP) on pts.
Semifinals: 46 kg Aditya Rajkawar (MP) b Laxmi Narayan (Har) on pts; Santosh Singh (Pb) b Parveen (Delhi) on pts. 54 kg Jasbir Singh (HP) b Krishna Firange (Mah) on pts; Kanhaya Lal Yadav (UP) b Anney (Delhi) on pts.
Freestyle (girls): 38 kg
Archana (Har) b Satwinder Kaur (HP) on pts. 43 kg
Munisha (Gujarat) b Josh Abrahim (Kerala) by fall.
49 kg Rekha (UP) b Kulwinder (Chd) on pts. 56 kg
Sukhwinder (Pb) b Shainy Michal (Kerala) by fall.
65 kg Mamta (Delhi) b S. Premitu Devi (Manipur) on
MUMBAI, April 23 (PTI) Diminutive left-arm spinner Rajesh Pawar, who bowled Mumbai to a comprehensive 297-run win over Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy final today, would play for India in a years time, predicted the home teams elated coach Ashok Mankad.
He stands very high in my estimation. He should play for India in the next one year. He has great tenacity of purpose, gushed Mankad to reporters after the final about the 21-year old bowler who comes from a modest background.
Pawar not only edged his
senior partner and India discard Nilesh Kulkarni from the
Mumbais playing eleven in the last two matches
semifinal against Tamil Nadu and in the final
but also emerged with a career-best haul of seven
for 103 in the second innings today for match figures of
10 for 147.
PONDICHERRY, April 23 (UNI) Defending champions Karnataka and runners-up Punjab men set the stage for yet another title clash in the fifth Inter-Zonal Handball Championships conducted by the Pondicherry Handball Association here.
In the semifinals played here today Karnataka outplayed Madhya Pradesh 24-21, while Punjab prevailed over Pondicherry 30-14.
In an evenly contested match Karnataka outplayed fighting Madhya Pradesh. In fact, Madhya Pradesh were leading 12-11 at the breather. Sensing danger the champions changed their tactics which clicked, and ultimately won the match for them.
On the other hand the Punjab-Pondicherry match was a lack-lustre affair. Pondicherry, who had exhibited fine performance to outclass south zone champions Kerala yesterday, could not cope up with the speed and skill of the Punjab players. However, with their limited experience, they gave a good performance, though they lost 14-30.
In the womens events Karnataka have already bagged the title with an all win record in the three-team league matches last night.
THRISSUR, (Kerala), April 23 (UNI) Maharashtra lifted the Santosh Trophy defeating hosts Kerala 1-0, here today.
M Najeeb scored the all-important goal in the 20th minute of the game.
Bengal defeated Goa 2-0, and took the third place in the 56th Senior National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy here yesterday.
The winners led 1-0 at half-time.
Bengal forged ahead in the 16th minute when Goa midfielder Dharamjit Singh scored a self goal. Striker James Singh made it 2-0 for Bengal in the 46th minute and sealed the match in their favour.
GURGAON, April 23 (UNI) Feroz Ali and his team stole the race over the rest of the field to win the pro-am event at the Rs 12-lakh J. Hampstead Open Golf Tournament, being played at the par-72 7070-yard, DLF Golf and Country Club here today.
Amandeep Johl and team finished second while Akbar Alis team finished third. The days best cards were turned in by Amit Dube and Gaurav Ghei, who each posted six-under 66.
A number of the
countrys leading golfers took part in the event,
including, the winner of the 1998 Indian Open,
Feroz Ali, winner of three events this season Mukesh
Kumar, two-time Mahindra golfer of the year
Vijay Kumar, twice Indian Open winner Ali Sher, winner of
the Wills Master 2000, Gaurav Ghei, winner of the
98 Crompton Greaves All-India Match Play
Championship, Indrajit Bhalotia, 99 Wills India
Open joint-runner-up SSP Chowrasia, winner of over 100
events in a career spanning 25 years, Rohtas Singh,
regular on the Asian PGA Tour, Amandeep Johl, twice
winner of the Honda-Siel PGA Championship, Uttam Singh
Mundy, rookie of the year, Harmeet Kahlon, winner of the
BPGC Open earlier this year, Digvijay Singh and a number
of talented youngesters like Amish Jaitha, Amit Dube and
academy beat MES centre
Brief score: MES Coaching Centre: 83 all out (Samrat Singh 13, Harjinder 12; Mohit 2 for , AP John 2 for 8)
NICS Cricket Academy: 84 for 6 (AP John 28, S.Minhas 10 n.o; Karan 1 for 8, Chinu 1 for 7)
AP John was declared the man of the match.
University employees win
In the final, Punjabi University employees comprehensively beat Rajasthan University Employees Cricket Club by 115 runs. The tournament attracted as many as 13 teams from all over the country.
Scores (final match): Punjabi University: 285 for 8 in 30 overs (Gurcharan 43, Harpreetinder Singh 37, Bhupinder 34, Rajesh 32, Harinder Pal Cheema 32, Harvinder Singh 30; Radhey Shayam 2 for 50, Rajeev Sharma 2 for 62).
Rajasthan University: 170 all out in 28.4 overs) Rabinder 70 n.o; Jasbir 3 for 15, Harpreet 3 for 25, Bhupinder 2 for 30)
Rabinder of Rajasthan University was declared the man of the match and Jasbir Singh of Punjabi University was declared the man of the tournament.
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