|Saturday, May 20, 2000,
Youhanas century lifts
Jyoti hits four under par 68
Tysons fight plan raises a
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 19 (AP) Yousuf Youhana hit his second career Test century at Kensington Oval to revive a faltering Pakistan innings in the second Cable and Wireless cricket Test against the West Indies.
His magnificent 115 yesterday set up a Pakistan total of 253 after the tourists had been in ruins at 37 for five inside the first 75 minutes.
The West Indies safely negotiated two overs before the close to reach two without loss. Sherwin Campbell was two and Adrian Griffith yet to score.
World record holder Courtney Walsh sent the early ripples through the Pakistan order and finished with five for 22 off 13 overs. It was the 18th five-wicket haul for the 37-year-old, and his best figures against Pakistan and at the ground. The Jamaicans record wicket tally has now been lifted to 442 in his 116th Test.
His long-time new ball partner Curtly Ambrose took two for 53 off 21 overs.
Youhana led the Pakistan fight-back, but he received fine support from the lower order.
Youhanas main assistance yesterday first time from his captain, Moin Khan, whose counter-attacking methods helped him add 73 for the sixth wicket in 72 minutes.
Moin had lashed seven boundaries in 38 off 57 deliveries when Walsh found his edge and Shivnarine Chanderpaul held the second slip catch. But former skipper Wasim Akram joined Youhana in another half century stand to keep the revival going.
Saqlain Mushtaq and Waqar Younis also provided good support for Youhana, the last three wickets adding 74 runs.
Off-spinner Saqlain stuck around for 67 minutes for 12, seeing Youhana to his century before the edged Adams left-arm spin to slip.
Youhana brought up his three figures the ball before with a single into the off side off his 206th ball. He hit 13 fours and spent 307 minutes for his hundred.
Walsh accounted for Waqar to a catch at square leg before Youhanas vigil ended by a simple first slip catch by Campbell.
Earlier in the day, sure-handed catching backed up by probing West Indies bowling left Pakistan in peril.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, they crashed to seven for three inside a half-hour and then to 37 for five.
Two wickets followed at the same score. Ambrose removing new opener Imran Nazir and Walsh returning to dismiss Younis Khan or a duck.
Vice-captain Inzamam-ul-Haq added 27 for the fourth wicket with Yousuf Youhana. But the West Indies got his prize wicket when King found the edge of his probing bat, Adams again clinging on to the catch at third slip. Razzaq, who added a record 206 with Inzamam in Guyana, made just one.
But the West Indies were to encounter more dogged resistance in the form of Youhana and the Pakistan lower order.
Pakistan (Ist innings):
Wasim c Adams b Walsh 4
Nazir c Campbell b Ambrose 2
Khan c Chanderpaul b Walsh 0
Haq c Adams b King 8
Youhana c Campbell b Walsh 115
Razzaq c Hinds b Mclean 1
M Khan c Chanderpaul b Walsh 38
Akram b Ambrose 42
Saqlain c Campbell b Adams 12
Waqar c Griffith b Walsh 14
Mushtaq not out 2
Extras (byes 2, leg-byes 9, no-balls 4) 15
Total (all out, 86 overs) 253
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-7, 3-7, 4-34, 5-37, 6-110, 7-179, 8-220, 9-248.
Bowling: Ambrose 21-7-53-2, Walsh 3-4-22-5, King 17-1-56-1, McLean 16-3-63-1, Adams 17-1-45-1, Chanderpaul 2-0-3-0.
West Indies (Ist innings):
Campbell not out 2
Griffith not out 0
Total (without loss, two overs) 2
ROME, May 19 (AFP) Australian Jelena Dokic put back the shaky French Open preparation of Venus Williams, hammering the third seed 6-1, 6-2 in a third-round upset at the $ 1.08-million Italian Open last night.
The win over the American ranks with the 17-year-old Dokics victory over Martina Hingis in the first round of Wimbledon last summer.
It was great victory, as good as when I beat Martina last year, said Dokic.
Williams had to fight back tears as she was comforted by her mother and a sister after the loss.
Dokic and Williams had never played, but the Australian, ranked 37th, showed that on a good day she can have the measure of the American two years her senior.
On a day when top seed and world No 1 Lindsay Davenport dropped out of contention with a lower back injury which could threaten her for Roland Garros starting a week from Monday, second seed Nathalie Tauziat won through.
The Frenchwoman defeated Magadalena Grzybowska of Poland 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, (7/4).
Italian Giulia Casoni, ranked 128th, got the benefit of Davenports withdrawal shortly before their afternoon match.
The 1999 Australian Open finalist Amelie Mauresmo, the 12th seed, won an all-French battle over last years losing finalist Mary Pierce 6-3, 6-4. There was more bad news for France as little-known Fabiola Zuluaga of Colombia knocked out seventh seed Julie Halard-Decugis 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Dokic plays 1990 Rome champion Monica Seles, who mounted a comeback over Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Spains sixth seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beat Czech Denisa Chladova 6-1, 6-4 and next plays Mauresmo.
Dokic took command of the opening set with a break of Williams in the third game after the American saved the first of two break points but netted a backhand on the second.
The Australian teenager forced the seed into more errors and got another break, 4-1 as the Williams attack was nowhere to be seen.
With the Williams forehand non existent, the third seed was unable to impose her game on the fighting challenger.
Dokic missed on three set point chances in the seventh game, but clinched the set after 38 minutes when Williams produced her third double-fault.
Williams slumped to 15 unforced errors in the set while Dokic converted on three of the seven break points at her disposal.
Dokic, with notorious father Damir looking on from the stands, continued her demolition. The Australian ripped to 3-0 without hesitation and found the going easy as the Williams error count mounted.
A backhand to the corner gave Dokic in 4-0 lead but the challenger hit her first bump, losing serve in the next game, while Williams held for a 2-4 lifeline. Dokic came from 0-30 down in the seventh game and took victory a game later with a closing break after 68 minutes.
Since returning to tennis last month after six months away with wrist problems, Williams has won just two matches, one in Germany and another here over Chanda Rubin.
Mauresmo, seeded 12th, meanwhile had been beaten here by Pierce in the semifinals of last years tournament, but booked her place in the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over her fourth-seeded compatriot.
Davenport was a top-seeded favourite for the title before suffering her injury during a practice session.
It just came out of nowhere, Davenport said. It was just intense, sharp pain that went through my back.
Looking ahead to the French Open which starts later this month, she said: I just have to hope that it gets better in time for Paris.
Seles, who won this as a
16-year-old in 1990, said of her struggle against Sidot:
I think its a combination of two things
slow starting and maybe being a little bit tired,
not playing aggressively.
Lucknow, May 19 (IANS) Controversial former allrounder Manoj Prabhakar is in the dock, and cricket, for once, has nothing to do with it.
According to the police in Uttar Pradeshs hill district of Nainital, Prabhakar is named in a case of cheating alleged to have been committed by a finance and leasing company headed by him.
Prabhakar was Managing Director of APACE Leasing and Finance Company that is alleged to have duped hundreds, possibly thousands, of depositors, the police said.
Two separate complaints have been lodged at Haldwani police station in Nainital district. While Nainital district police chief Akhilesh Mehrotra is still working on the case, he did not rule out the possibility of the cricketers arrest.
Prabhakar was not available for comment, despite repeated attempts by India Abroad News Service to contact him at his home and office in New Delhi. A woman who answered the telephone at his residence said the cricketer was not home and was rather dismissive about the allegations.
The matter is still under investigation and no arrest has been made so far, but there is no doubt that it is a serious case, Mr Mehrotra told IANS over the telephone. Registered under certain non-bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code, the case accuses Prabhakar of defrauding people to the tune of several hundreds of thousands of rupees.
APACE was among a few companies which managed to get clearance in January from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to continue with its para-banking activities. However, during the following two months, a writ petition was filed against the company before the Allahabad High Court which ordered all its offices to be sealed.
The high court order came as a godsend to APACE, whose owners were allegedly looking for such an excuse to wind up operations since the business of para-banking had already touched an all-time low. Since then, depositors have been running from pillar to post to get their dues. APACE told them it could not process the refund applications because the court had ordered all its offices to be sealed.
The cricketers supporters, however, blame it entirely on Prabhakars working partner, Divya Nautiyal, whom they hold responsible for all the alleged bungling. Nautiyals close involvement with cricket afforded him enough opportunities to cultivate Prabhakar and it was only with a view to using his name that Nautiyal urged the cricketer to accept the position of Managing Director in his company, a supporter pointed out.
Prabhakars only fault was that he
failed to see through Nautiyals design and allowed
himself to become a party to every shady deal of the
company. According to him,
Prabhakar had no idea of any the
companys ill-intentions, otherwise he would have
maintained his distance from them.
CALCUTTA, May 19 (PTI) International Cricket Council president Jagmohan Dalmiya yesterday filed three separate defamation suits in the Calcutta High Court against leading publications, including the London-based Sunday Telegraph, claiming Rs 50 crore as damages in each case.
Mr Dalmiya filed the other two suits against leading Indian weeklies India Today and Outlook for publishing false, defamatory articles against him.
In the case against the Sunday Telegraph, its Editor Dominic Lawson and journalist Scyld Berry, Mr Dalmiyas Dalmiyas advocates S.S. Ray and Ushanath Banerjee submitted before justice Ronojit Kumar Mitra that aspersions made by Berry in his article dated April 30 were totally false and defamatory.
The advocates submitted that the article called Mr Dalmiya a corrupt person in the grip of mafia and sharks and that he was involved in financial irregularities amounting to four million US dollars in connection with the sale of telecast rights of the 1998 ICC knockout tournament at Dhaka to Doordarshan.
Mr Ray further submitted
that Mr Dalmiya never took part in any financial
negotiations in respect of TV rights relating to the
Dhaka tournament and all allegations made against him in
the Sunday Telegraph were false and
HAMBURG, May 19 (AFP) Gustavo Kuerten and Magnus Norman respected the form book, setting up a repeat of last weekends Rome Masters final, but Tim Henman didnt as the British eighth seed made a premature exit from the $ 2.95 million Hamburg Masters Series here.
Brazilian showman Kuerten destroyed South African Wayne Ferreira 6-1, 6-2 in only 52minutes and will now play Norman, the man who beat him in Rome to move to the top of the ATP Champions Race 2000 standings.
Kuerten, the 1997 French Open champion, showed dynamic form in blasting Ferreira off centre court but Norman had to expand far more effort as he edged out Moroccan 13th seed Younes El Aynaoui 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, taking one hour 34minutes.
Defending champion Marcelo Rios meanwhile fired a warning to everybody as he overcame Argentinas Mariano Puerta 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 to win the right to a meeting with Francisco Clavet, who ousted ninth seed and fellow Spaniard Alex Corretja, twice a finalist here, 6-4, 6-1. Puerta matched Rios for a titanic opening set on the slow red clay where both excel but Rios was a class apart in the second where he was simply brilliant.
Henman earlier came off second best to last years finalist Mariano Zabaleta of Argentina, who advanced with a 7-5, 6-3 win against the same opponent he had beaten a round later 12 months ago.
LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) Zimbabwe paceman Heath Streak dispatched England captain Nasser Hussain cheaply when the second Test resumed after a delayed start at Lords today.
Hussain fell for 10 when he went for an off-side forcing stroke but succeeded only in slicing a catch to Brian Murphy at backward point.
At lunch England were 68 for two in reply to Zimbabwes paltry first innings of 83.
Overnight rain delayed the start for an hour with England on 29 for one at Thursdays close.
Michael Atherton, 13 not out, and Hussain, who had not had time to begin his innings after Mark Ramprakash was dismissed on the first day, made a relatively watchful start against Streak and left-arm pace bowler Bryan Strang.
LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) Scotlands main opposition party leader today said he would rule nothing out in his battle to stop American boxing bad boy Mike Tyson from fighting at Glasgows main football stadium next month.
Tysons promoter Frank Warren said the former world heavyweight champion and convicted rapist would fight fellow American Lou Saverese on June 24, but the governments decision to allow iron Mike into Britain has sparked angry protests.
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond said the Labour Governments decision to allow Tyson into Britain was unsafe.
Home Secretary (Interior Minister) Jack Straw had to provide special reasons for granting Tysons return, but there are no compassionate grounds, Mr Salmond told Reuters.
SHANGHAI, May 19 (UNI) Jyoti Randhawa came up with another sterling performance hitting four under par 68 in the second round to climb up to joint third place as only four of the 10 Indians in the fray made the cut in the $ 400,000 Volvo China Open golf here today.
Other three Indians who moved into the third round were Amandeep Johl, Arjun Atwal and Gaurav Ghei. Those who fell by the wayside were Amritinder Singh, Amit Dube, Harmeet Kahlon, Digvijay Singh, Kanwar Sekhon and Vivek Bhandari.
Englands Dyson became the joint second round leader after firing three under par 69 with American Hunsucker.
Hero Honda master winner Jyoti Randhawa, moved up by eight places with a total of two round score of seven under par 137.
Amandeep Johl who was lying joint 53rd at the end of the first round with 73, carded a par 72 round and moved up to 45th place. His compatriot Arjun Atwal who with 71 finished joint 27 yesterday came down to 45th slot with a two over par 74 second round.
quota for Abhinav?
Chandigarh, May 19 There is every possibility of Chandigarh shooter Abhinav Bindra getting a hardship quota for the Sydney Olympics to be held later this year even ahead of shooting prodigy Jaspal Rana. The top shooters of the country are currently in Europe competing with world and Olympic champions as they prepare for the Olympics.
The Indian shooters, including Abhinav Bindra, will take part in competitions in the Czech Republic, Poland, the World Cup in Italy as also the World Cup in Munich as they hone their skills for the much tougher competition in Sydney.
The Munich World Cup will give an opportunity to shooters like Abhinav as also Anjali Vedpathak, another shooter in line for a hardship quota for the Sydney Olympics, as also Jaspal Rana an opportunity to stake their claim for a berth in the shooting competition in Sydney.
Whether Abhinav gets the Olympic berth or not he is destined to go far given his performance in the recent past. The 17-year-old shooter has been consistently shooting world class scores in air rifle .177 calibre and has twice broken the junior world record of 593. If he can repeat his training scores of 596 in the current tour of Europe there is every possibility of this boy posing problems to top class shooters of the world.
In his current tour of Europe Abhinav had a score of 590 in a competition in the Czech Republic. This score helped him to claim the ninth spot. According to Prof Sunny Thomas, the chief national coach, Abhinav can reach the top of his sport given his temperament, concentration and intelligence, all important attributes for a good shooter.
Abhinavs performance has also been praised by foreign coach Szucsak Laslo who is of the opinion that the scores Abhinav has shot are really excellent especially when you look at his age. Laslo goes on to say that the young shooter does so much training on his own initiative and the urge to become a top world rifle shooter is really in him. He is gifted and totally dedicated and reliable.
Abhinav has been shooting in international competitions for the past two years in the senior section. The Chandigarh-based student has won the national championship both at Bangalore and Phillaur. He got a bronze medal at Lucknow and a gold in the SAF Games as also a bronze in the Commonwealth Shooting Championships in New Zealand.
Over the past years Abhinav has taken part in competitions in Germany, Italy, the USA, the Czech Republic as also Malaysia and Australia. In an effort to concentrate on his shooting Abhinav has decided to do his graduation from Delhi instead of going abroad as originally planned, according to his father, Dr I.S. Bindra. Abhinav felt that a stint in England would not allow him to concentrate on his shooting, given the climatic conditions in England.
Abhinav, who should be able to pursue his sport for at least another 15 years, is of the view that if he can maintain his focus he should one day win an Olympic medal. He is thankful to his parents for the support they have always given him.
The young shooter has been selected by the Sports Authority of India under the most talented category of sportspersons to undergo a very advanced training course for pressure and mental management at the Lanny Institute of Mental Management at Dallas, Fortsworth, USA. This institute is run by a former Olympic gold medallist Lanny Bassah in rifle shooting under technical supervision of the NASA.
Abhinav has a very busy schedule ahead of him. He returns from his European trip of 45 days on June 16 next and has again been selected to represent India for the Hopes Plzen-2000 meet to be held in the Czech Republic from June 29 to July 2. He will then leave for the USA for attending the course at the Lanny Institute from July 3 to 13.
It is leant that ONGC is considering to take Abhinav on their panel of sportspersons. So far Abhinav has received little or no support from the state body although the sport of shooting is extremely expensive, both by way of equipment as also during practice.
According to a report
received here today, Abhinav Bindra finished second in
the 177 calibre air rifles event in the Warsaw Days Cup
in Poland, where the Indian shooters are at present.
Abhinav had a score of 687.2 while the Polish shooter,
who finished first, had a score of 692.1.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 (AP) Asia yesterday hinted it might cast a united vote for one nation to stage the World Cup tournament in 2006, but stressed that the regions soccer associations could not be bought off with any favours.
These delegations have been campaigning very hard in the last two years and are perhaps wondering who Asia will support, said Mr Sultan Ahmad Shah, president of the Asian Football Confederation.
Representatives of five countries competing to host the coveted event are in Malaysia this week to present their bids to the AFC, the regions top soccer association.
The host city will be determined on July 6, when FIFAs 24-man executive committee meets in Zurich. Four Asian nations Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and South Korea hold FIFA representation.
The host will be selected by a secret ballot in a round-by-round elimination process.
Mr Sultan Ahmad told over a hundred Asian soccer officials who attended AFCs 19th congress today that the regions representatives had not decided whether to join forces during the July vote.
Is Asia voting as
a bloc or are we allowing each of our four members to
exercise its discretion? Naturally, I will meet our four
members to discuss Asias stand and support on this
matter, said Mr Ahmad. England, Germany, South
Africa, Morocco and Brazil have all mounted fierce
campaigns to win the bid. Most bookmakers regard South
Africa as the firm favourite since the competition has
never taken place in Africa.
ROPAR, May 19 (PTI) A contractor has sought recovery of Rs 30 lakh and 99 thousand from the president of the Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali, Mr I.S. Bindra, and three others.
The contractor filed a petition before the court of Judicial Magistrate, Kharar, Neelam Arora, for the recovery.
Mr Rajesh Kumar Sharma alleged that Mr I.S. Bindra and others had entered into an agreement for the construction of the cricket stadium at Mohali and other allied works which was completed in 1997.
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