|Sunday, May 14, 2000,
Asia Cup final today
eves win bronze
Winning start by Greene
|Rain frustrates Zimbabwe
CHELMSFORD (England), May 13 Zimbabwe lost more vital time to rain on the second day of their tour match against Essex at Chelmsford and also came no closer to solving their opening batting run-drought less than a week before the first Test against England at Lords.
breaks 400m record
downs Costa; Hingis stretched
slips to joint 14th spot
India drop to 6th spot
Police, BSF in final
police meet at Dharamsala
Jr Asia Cup final today
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 (PTI) Having booked their berth in next years World Cup, India will have to cut down on their defensive errors if they are to overcome an uncompromising South Korea for their maiden title in the Junior Asia Cup Mens Hockey Championship final here tomorrow.
The 1997 world runners-up, who despatched hosts Malaysia 2-1 in a well-fought semifinal yesterday to book their berth for the summit clash as well as claim a spot for next years World Cup at Hobart (Australia), revealed several chinks in their defence that can prove too dear against the organised Korean attack.
The Indian juniors proved a jittery lot at the back against the fighting hosts yesterday and conceded possession with defender Len Aiyappa twice violating the five-yard rule while scooping the ball over the opponent leading to penalty corners and the last minute consolation goal for Malaysia. Such errors against the well-oiled Koreans, who routed Japan 4-1 in the other semifinal, can sound their death knell.
Pakistan, winners of the last edition of the junior mens Asia Cup Hockey Tournament, had to be satisfied with the fifth slot this year. They beat China 3-0 today with all the goals coming in the first half.
Its just another match. Its the final and that is the only difference. But we have played them in a tournament in Poland and then beat them 8-2 in a practice match before the Asia Cup. So I think we hold a psychological edge, coach C.R. Kumar said.
Korean coach Ahn Yong Duk, who had predicted the 4-1 semifinal victory, feels the final would go to strokes without picking the winner.
In the last Asia Cup, India were toppled in the final by Pakistan, but the latter were knocked out in the league stage here to be put out of the Hobart championship.
The Indians definitely will be looking to weed out the mistakes they made in the semifinal. But India played true to potential in both the forwardline as well as midfield which has carried them thus far without being beaten.
But Kumar backed the defenders. There was pressure at the back with Bipin Fernandez out with a yellow card. So the boys kind of panicked a bit. They will learn and not repeat these mistakes, he said. It will be crucial against the speedy Koreans, who are capable of punishing any errors with lightning quick flicks and hits.
A classy forwardline
will be Indias biggest strength. Gagan Ajit Singh
and Deepak Thakur, both drawn from the senior ranks,
along with Inderjit Singh, Prabhjot Singh and Amarjit
Singh have enough firepower to finish a match in
Indian eves win bronze
KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 (PTI) Indian women were right on target as they exacted revenge by beating Japan 3-1 to clinch the bronze medal in the Junior Womens Asia Cup hockey today.
India, who had squandered a 2-1 lead to lose 2-3 to Japan in the group fixture, rattled the rivals today as Neha Singh, Mamta Kharab, Meenakshi and Surinder Kaur drilled holes early on in the rival defence at the Bukit Jalil Stadium here.
Forward Surinder Kaur gained the early lead and though the Japanese fought back to equalise through Suzuki Yukiko off a 21st minute penalty corner, Pakpi Devis 28th minute field conversion helped them forge a 2-1 halftime lead. The Indian girls were on the offensive in the second half and rounded off victory through a brilliant goal by Mamta Kharab in the 57th minute.
The winners were a determined lot despite going down to favourites Korea 1-2 following a golden goal in extra time that put them out of the final and also out of reckoning for the lone qualifying spot for next years Junior World Cup.
Keen to reverse their loss to Japan early on India found early success.
A quick break saw Mamta race down the line and her centre found Surinder Kaur in position and she tapped past Japanese goalkeeper Terazono Rie.
The Japanese did well to regroup and for almost 10 minutes held the upper hand and forced three penalty corners. But today, Indian goalkeeper Desawal Lata was in form, repeatedly charging out to thwart the hits.
But in the 21st minute, Japan managed to equalise off their fourth penalty corner. Knowing Desawals penchant to charge out, Suzuki Yukiko waited for the Indian custodian to come off the line and calmly scooped the ball over her and in.
Fancied Korea overcame initial hiccups to down China 2-1 to record their third successive title win in the Junior Womens Asia Cup hockey.
In the 28th minute, Pakpi Devi who had come in barely 10 minutes earlier, dribbled into the rival circle, drew out Terazono and hit to the corner to help India regain the lead.
Immediately after the break, India had two good chances but once Neha Singh failed to connect and then Surinder Kaur failed to read a leftwing cross that zipped across the circle.
India increased the lead in the 57th minute off a brilliant piece of play by Mamta Kharab.
Surinders free hit
from outside the circle found Mamta who dribbled past
three defenders, brilliantly feinted to force the
goalkeeper to commit herself and then hit a rising shot
to the roof of the net. The prone Japanese goalkeeper
could only watch helplessly as she was comprehensively
NEW DELHI, May 13 (UNI) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought information from the general public, media, sports bodies and sportspersons on any aspect of match-fixing, betting or other malpractices plaguing Indian cricket.
Sources in CBI said today that the information was sought in view of the enquiry it was conducting into allegations of involvement of Indian cricketers and others in match-fixing and betting in the game.
Members of the public, the Press, sports bodies and sports persons are requested to give any information that they may have in their possession on any aspect of match-fixing, betting or other malpractices relating to the game of cricket, said the premier investigating agency.
CBI promised to keep the identity of the source confidential, if desired.
The information could be provided to the Superintendents of Police of the special crime branches at New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Chennai or any nearest CBI office. Information could also be provided on CBI web http://cbi.Nic. In, the sources said.
GHAZIBAD: Former Test cricketer Manoj Prabhakar today said he would give evidence to the CBI on match-fixing if called upon to do so.
Prabhakar told reporters here that he was offered Colombo Rs 25 lakh to fix a match in Colombo against Sri Lanka in 1994 and added now he was in a position to disclose the name of that person who is a cricket player.
He, however, refused to comment on any individual cricketers involvement in match-fixing due to the CBI inquiry.
He said he had also discussed with Union Home Minister LK Advani the corruption prevailing in international cricket.
MUMBAI: Two Scotland Yard detectives held many meetings over the past five days with cricket board officials in connection with the match-fixing allegation levelled by England player Chris Lewis and are set to return home tonight after gathering information on the matter.
Martin Hawkins and detective constable Bruce Horbury of
New Scotland Yard, London, had met former board president
Raj Singh Dungarpur, its executive secretary Sharad
Diwadkar and other board officials, Mr Diwadkar said here
Kishan Kumars remand extended
NEW DELHI, May 13 (UNI) A Delhi court today extended till May 22 the judicial custody of actor Kishan Kumar in a case related to the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act.
Kishan Kumar is one of the accused in the match-fixing case.
Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, while extending the judicial custody of Kishan Kumar, also issued production warrants for the bookie Rajesh Kalra, a co-accused in the case on May 15. Kalra was admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital today after he complained of chest pain. Kalra was brought to the Patiala House police lock-up and was taken to the hospital soon after he complained of chest pain. His bail application will also come up for hearing on May 15.
Mr Subhash Chander
Bansal, special counsel for the Enforcement Directorate,
said they had identified some more persons who allegedly
conspired with Kumar and sent money abroad through hawala
Kapil Dev not guilty: poll
NEW DELHI, May 13 (UNI) A majority 63 per cent respondents say that Kapil Dev is not guilty of match-fixing, while 20 per cent say he is, a special poll commissioned by Outlook-MDRA says.
In the poll which was
conducted in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta and Chennai on May
11 and 12, an overwhelming 63 per cent respondents said
that Kapil was not guilty. Only 20 per cent said he is
while 17 per cent said they do not know.
Kapils fans stage demonstration
CALCUTTA, May 13 (PTI) Fans of former Indian captain Kapil Dev today staged a noisy demonstration in front of the Eden Gardens, demanding that Manoj Prabhakar prove the match-fixing charges he is alleged to have levelled against the star cricketer.
Over 200 persons, holding placards and posters of Kapil Dev, assembled in front of the Eden Gardens in the afternoon and shouted anti-Prabhakar slogans, drawing a large number of onlookers.
Rungta attacks Bindra
MUMBAI, May 13 (PTI) Mr Inderjit Singh Bindra, who has levelled charges of match-fixing and widespread corruption against cricket players and administrators, was himself today the centre of attack when his predecessor as cricket board chief, P.M. Rungta, accused him of causing financial loss to the board in dealings that were not beyond suspicion.
Addressing a press conference here, Mr Rungta, who was chairman of the boards finance committee for the entire term of Mr Bindras presidentship from 1993 to 96, demanded an inquiry into the financial dealings of Mr Bindra.
He said only a probe by a high-powered committee could bring out the extent of alleged financial damage caused to the board by Mr Bindra, who is currently the Punjab Cricket Association chief.
SA board to delete records of guilty players
JOHANNESBURG, May 13 (PTI) The South African Cricket Board will delete match results and individual averages from the record books if its commission of inquiry into cricket match-fixing finds concrete evidence of wrongdoing against players, a top board official has said.
If it is proved conclusively that an individual has been involved in wrongdoing in our local national matches, then that match would be scratched from the record books, Mr Brian Basson, UCBs head of playing affairs has said.
Mr Basson hoped the International Cricket Council (ICC) would also follow suit by deleting performances in international games if players are found guilty of corrupt practices.
Winning start by Greene
OSAKA, May 13 (AFP) American sprint stars Marione Jones and Maurice Greene made a winning start to their build-up to the Sydney Olympics with victories at the IAAF Japan Grand Prix athletic meet today.
In their first sprint races of the season, world champion Jones clocked 10.84 seconds for an easy victory in the womens 100 metres beating Bahamas rivals Chandra Sturrup and Savatheda Fynes.
But her first long jump was not good enough for Jones, casting a shadow over her bid to win five gold medals in the Sydney Olympics.
Jones managed to leap only 6.27 metres to finish fourth and then quickly left the stadium for her hotel.
Greene, the first man to become world 100/200 champion, timed 10.20 in the semi-finals and went on to win the mens 100m with a new meet record of 9.91 seconds.
I was hoping to have a good performance here in Osaka. The 100m was good, but I was disappointed with my long jump. There are several things I need to improve, said Jones.
As I said yesterday, the injury is healed, so lets get it off the record. Its just that my runway wasnt flowing today, added the American, denying she was affected by her back injury. Jones already made a triumphant return to competition by clocking 49.59 in the 400m, better than any time recorded by a woman during the 1999 season, in California a month ago after back spasms caused her to collapse in agony in the World Championships 200m semifinals at Seville last August.
The 24-year-old sprinter then anchored a US quartet to a world record of 1:27.46 in the womens 4x200m relay at Philadelphia two weeks ago.
I have to be satisfied with it, Greene said of his time. Because it is my first race of the year and I believe I ran a very good technical race and Im very happy with my performance today. Greene defeated Obadele Thompson of Barbados, who timed 10.11, and world silver medallist Bruny Surin of Canada, who came in 10.24.
Technically I believe I had a very good race, I started well, I had good dry phase and I accelerated and just relaxed until the finish... That allowed me to run the time I did.
But Greene said he was not thinking about the Olympics because he had to qualify for Sydney in the US Olympic trials in June.
The Olympics is the most important thing in the world, but first of all I have to look at our Olympic trials, so Im focusing more importantly on our Olympic trials first and then I will start thinking about the Olympics, added the American.
The womens long jump was won by Guan Yingnan of China with a mark of 6.70m, ahead of Lacena Golding of Jamaica with 6.46 and American Dawn Burrell with 6.29.
Rain frustrates Zimbabwe
CHELMSFORD (England), May 13 (AFP) Zimbabwe lost more vital time to rain on the second day of their tour match against Essex at Chelmsford and also came no closer to solving their opening batting run-drought less than a week before the first Test against England at Lords.
Key strokemaker Neil Johnson confirmed his return to form after starting the tour with a brace of noughts. He has since made 70, an attractive 45 not out from 57 balls yesterday, plus a century and 41 in two one-day matches.
Grant Flower, however, has yet to blossom and his four first-class knocks have brought scores of 0, 10, 0 and 10, while Zimbabwes opening partnerships show a sparse tally of 1, 15, 4 and 2.
Captain Andy Flower re-emphasised the importance of his brother to the Zimbabwe side by saying: Grant has been important historically for us, and it is not a good sign that our openers havent got runs on the board.
They probably wont get another chance in this game, but they are going to have to go out there and put it in during the Test. ...Theyve got to do it first up at Lords.
Apart from Grant Flowers failure, taken behind off a rising ball from Danny Law, Trevor Gripper was shot out for a duck by David Thompson. Zimbabwe lost five sessions of play to the weather in the opening match against Hampshire and more than a day in the Kent game after losing by an innings.
Then the first day of the Essex game was washed out and there was less than three hours cricket yesterday, in which time the tourists reached 143 for 4 in what could be their last innings before their maiden Test at Lords.
Once the umpires had called off play after steady rain, the tour squad jumped aboard the team bus to work off some of their frustration and excess energy in a local gymnasium.
Zimbabwes main strike bowler Heath Streak, suffering with a swollen left knee, had a net session with no reaction and will gradually increase his workload leading up to next Thursdays Test.
Zimbabwes most successful Test bowler with 120
wickets at 23.37 and the first Zimbabwean to play in the
county championship when he joined Hampshire in the mid
90s, has aggravated the troublesome knee which
underwent surgery last year.
Thorpe breaks 400m record
SYDNEY, May 13 (AFP) Australian Ian Thorpe broke his own 400 metre freestyle world record at the Australian Olympic swimming trials here tonight.
Thorpe swam three minutes 41.33 seconds to beat his old mark of 3:41.83 by a half second.
Grant Hackett was second in 3:51.05 with Josh Krogh third in 3:52.79.
My main priority tonight was to make my first Olympic Games team, the time was irrelevant, I just had to make sure that I gained that selection, said Thorpe.
I didnt think I had the best race tactically for me, but I was a bit surprised by the time.
He streaked past his close rival Hackett to beat him by almost 10 secs or around half a lap.
Thorpe had held the previous world record at the Pan Pacific Championships here last August.
Kuerten downs Costa; Hingis stretched
ROME, May 13 (DPA) Holder Gustavo Kuerten joined the last four at the $ 2.95-million Masters Series last night with a 6-4, 7-5 quarter-final victory over Spains Albert Costa. Fourth-seeded Kuerten will face on Saturday number 10 Alex Corretja as the Brazilian aims for a second consecutive title tomorrow there.
Corretja dismantled Dominator Dominik Hrbaty, sending the baby- faced Slovak packing out 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) and improving his tiebreak record for this year to 9-1.
Corretja, who captured the first of the years nine masters events last March in California, went in totally un-awed by Hrbatys upset 24 hours earlier of Agassi.
The other semi-final will pit quiet-man third seed Magnus Norman and flashy Australian Lleyton Hewitt. Both young players won in steamroller style yesterday.
Swede Norman, who could take over the points lead in the season-long champions race from Agassi if he wins on Saturday, has not dropped a set so far this week.
He maintained his perfect mark with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Spains Felix Mantilla.
Hewitt found himself in a dogfight against Argentine Mariano Puerta but broke repeatedly in the final set to emerge with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 result.
Norman, winner of five titles in 1999, has not lost a set this week at the Foro Italico and revels in his lack of media attention. He remained typically non-plussed with his chance to take over the leadership on points from Agassi.
Ninth seed Hewitt took charge of his first set against Puerta, a first-round loser here a year ago, wrapping it up in 35 minutes through a break in the fourth game.
But the South American staged a second-set rally for a 3-1 lead over the 19-year-old Aussie, a three-title winner so far this year.
Puerta landed a spectacular diving return late in the set which required him to take brief treatment on a thumb. That drama concluded, the challenger went about levelling the match at a set each.
Puerta landed a spectacular diving return late in the set which required him to take brief treatment on a thumb. That drama concluded, the challenger went about levelling the match at a set each.
Hewitt broke back into contention for 2-0 in the third and was never in danger as he reached the last four in his Rome debut.
BERLIN, (AFP): Switzerlands women's tennis world number one Martina Hingis was stretched to the limit by Frenchwoman Sandrine Testud before edging through to the semifinals of the German Open here.
The 19-year-old, who regained the number one spot off American nemesis Lindsay Davenport last weekend in Hamburg, took 2 hours 35 minutes to beat the French number five seed 7-5 5-7 6-2, and will now play third seed Conchita Martinez of Spain, who ended the run of Gala Leon Garcia with a 6-4 6-2 victory. The other semifinal features a South African clash between 10th seeded Amanda Coetzer and the unseeded Joanette Kruger.
Coetzer overcame eighth seeded German Anke Huber 6-4 6-4, and Kruger recovered from 0-5 and saved four match points in the final set to overcome Russias Elena Dementieva 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5).
Having struggled at times against Silvija Talaja in the third round, Hingis again failed to dominate in the manner expected of a world number one. She was saved eventually more by her greater fitness than any tactical superiority. Testud attacked Hingis from beginning to end, but was clearly tiring in the third set.
Neither player gave an inch in the long baseline rallies, and there was little to chose between them until the final stages. Testud served for the first set at 5-4 but Hingis not only fought off the threat and levelled at 5-5 but broke for the set with a brilliantly struck cross-court return.
groundstrokes often left Hingis flat-footed and she
maintained her challenge throughout the second set. She
once again found herself serving for the set at 5-4,
again lost her serve to 15, but she broke again to lead
6-5 and this time closed out the set.
Jyoti slips to joint 14th spot
MACAU, May 13 (PTI) The downward slide of Wills Open Champion Jyoti Randhawa in the Macau Open Golf Tournament continued on the second day today, as the Indian slipped down to joint 14 after the third round.
The 28-year-old Randhawa shot a superb five-under 66 on the opening day to take joint second position, but came down two places to joint fourth after returning 71 in the second round yesterday.
Today, the Delhi-based pro came up with a two-over 73 effort at the par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club here and was sharing the spot with American Eric Meeks at three-under 210.
Another Delhi pro, Gaurav Ghei also did not had a good time as he slipped to joint 12th. Ghei, who moved up to joint 8th position with a his second successive 69 yesterday, returned a level-par 71 and was placed together with compatriot Amandeep Johl at four-under 209.
Chandigarh-based Johl managed to hold on to his 12th position after returning one-under par 70.
Among the other Indians Harmeet Kahlon of Chandigarh (71+69+74) and Delhis Vivek Bhandari (70+74+70) were clubbed together with a bunch of players at one over 214, Digvijay Singh (75+70+71) was languishing at the joint 45th spot while Amritinder Singh (75+69+80) was plumbing the bottom at 68th.
Rookie English pro Simon Dyson belied his lack of experience at the top level to finish with four consecutive birdies and open up a three stroke lead going into the final day tomorrow.
Dyson, leader since day one, fired a three-under par 68 to lead on 11-under-par 202 from little-known Yang Yong-Eun.
Yang also carded a 68 while a stroke further back was two-time major winner Mark OMeara of the USA, Swedens Stephen Lindskog and Taiwans Lai Hung-Lin and Lin Chie-Hsiang.
Former amateur star Dyson, who turned pro at the end of last year and is aged just 22, lost the lead after making the turn in one-over par 36 but then stormed back to the top with a brilliant finish.
It was nice to finish like that. I was patient but it was hard at one point because everything was just slipping by. I was hitting good shots and not making birdies, said Dyson. The Yorkshireman hasnt made a birdie all day and frustratingly lipped out for birdies on 13 and 14.
However, the birdie
putts then started to drop for Dyson from 20 feet on 15,
from six feet on 16, from 12 feet on 17 and from three
feet on the par five 18th. The tournaments star
invite OMeara, winner of the 1998 British Open and
the US Masters, returned a 68 to put himself in with a
chance of winning his first title since the 1998 World
Matchplay Championship, where he beat close friend Tiger
Woods in the final.
India drop to 6th spot
NEW DELHI, May 13 (UNI) Indias Irina Brar and Anjali Chopra held their own on the second and penultimate day of the 21st Queen Sirikit Cup team championship being played at the Lin Kuo Golf Club outside Taipeth in Taiwan.
Irina brought in a three over 75 while Anjali scored 77 and Shalini Malik 78. But India dropped one rung down the ladder to sixth spot as Australias Rebecca Stevenson fired a brilliant five under par 67 to leapfrog her team to the top of the leaderboard from 4th position on the first day.
On a day of bright sun and high temperatures, still with preferred lies Stevenson was the only player to break par, with two others bringing in par scores. With Australia on 286, Thailand and Korea are tied on 288 with the rest of the field falling behind.
Japan in 4th spot is on 294 and the hosts Chinese Taipeh are on 299, just a stroke ahead of India on 300.
Malaysia, also on 300, are 7th because of Indias better second day score. Indonesia follow on 303, Philippines on 308 and New Zealand, normally a strong contender, on 309, Hong Kong trail at 325. According to information received here individually Stevenson and Koreas J Kim lead the field with 143 and Irina Brar on 148, just five strokes behind, has climbed one rung up the ladder from 6th position yesterday to fifth today.
She had a brilliant
start today with two under par for the first 9 holes,
levelling with Stevenson, an exciting situation which
seems to have had its pressures and she added up five
bogeys on the back nine for her 75.
Punjab Police, BSF in final
KAPURTHALA, May 13 Punjab Police and BSF will clash for title in mens section while Jalandhar will take on Ludhiana in the womens section in the final of Punjab Hot Weather Basketball tournament to be played here tonight.
In the first semifinal in mens section on Friday evening, Punjab Police were forced to sweat by powermen. Both the teams exhibited good tactical moves and played brilliantly. However, tall Parminder Senior of policemen emerged the hero and carried his team to the finals. He excelled in close range shots and contributed 34 points of teams total score of 63 points.
Though PSEB men did not play to the expectations of the spectators in the inaugural match against BSF they played well and excelled in long range shootings against Punjab Police. Ashish Gill converted four three point shots. Punjab Police won the match with 63-48 points having lead 35-23 at half time.
In the second semifinal, BSF men were scared by the Rest of Punjab. The security men were given tough resistance by Rest of Punjab from the start of play. However, the spirit of the Rest of Punjab was dampened by the heavy rain for a short spell when the game resumed after one hour. At half time BSF men were leading by 45-36. They won the match 68-46.
International Vipin Kumar of BSF scored 14 points which include three three pointers Varinder (16) points and Satya Naryan (13) were the other main scorers for the winners. Amadeep with 14 points and Desraj with 10 points played well for the losers.
In womens section, Ludhiana women were first to make the grade for finals beating Gurdaspur in a closely-contested match. Both the teams exchanged the lead during the first half. Ludhiana players had the height advantage having tall Mandeep Brar, an international, and Kiranpreet in their squad. However, short statured Gurdaspur overcame the disadvantage with their speed, fast counter-attacks and accurate distance shooting.
At half time Ludhiana team was leading by 10 points (36-26).
In the second half, Gurdaspur outscored Ludhiana but could not win the match (71-63). For Ludhiana Kiran (41 points) and Mandeep (18) were main scorers while for Gurdaspur Suman (23) and Vijatha (17) reduced the margin.
All-India police meet at
DHARAMSALA, May 13 Forty teams from all over the country will take part in the All India Police Games to be held here from May 29 to June 3.
Disclosing this here yesterday, the DIG (Northern Range). Mr I.D. Bhandari, said that apart from the police teams from the various states and the union territories, teams from the para-military forces and other central organisations will be participating.
Mr Bhandari said that it was for the first time that an all-India police meet was being held in Himachal. He disclosed that competitions in volleyball, basketball, handball and kabbadi would be held.
PATIALA, May 13 Government Senior Secondary School, Samana, beat hosts Lady of Fatima Convent High School 28-26 to win the Bernardina Thomas memorial basketball tournament for girls, which concluded today.
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